More than a hundred people packed the Guerra Center for the Edgewood ISD regular school board meeting on Tuesday to give their two cents about the name change of the district's stadium.
It was so packed officers had to turn about 30 people away.
The Edgewood School Board voted last month to change the name of its stadium from the Frank Mata Memorial Stadium to the Edgewood Veterans Stadium.
"How can we memorialize someone and strip them of that for no apparent reason," said one speaker at the meeting.
However, also sounding off were veterans in support of the name change, most who dressed in red to show their support.
"The name change is made not only to honor the veterans from Edgewood schools, but honor the families that gave their lives for our country," said Victor Mena, president of Edgewood District Veterans.
Some also asked the board for a compromise "I am the nephew of Frank and Irene Mata," said Rodrigo Garcia, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. "Today is a hard day. I know your decision is tough. Honor the veterans, but honor my uncle as well."
The stadium was named after the district's former athletic director, Frank Mata, who died suddenly. His widow, Irene Mata, says she is really hoping the board took the comments to heart.
"The trustees will contact me," said Mata. "I'm hoping and maybe we can resolve this and come to a compromise and come up with a name that will suit veterans and Frank Mata."
District officials said it is not clear if the board will bring the issue back for reconsideration.