Thanks to the lack of rain, the $35 million renovation of Alamo Stadium is ahead of schedule, according to Gil Garza, SAISD executive director of athletics.

Garza said the convocation center may be ready by the first of the year, and the football stadium in May 2014.

The project was funded through the district’s 2010 bond issue.

“It’s like the old saying goes, please pardon our dust. We’re trying to make things better. That’s what we’re going to do,” Garza said.

In the meantime, Garza said the district’s seven varsity football teams will play at two venues, the new Wheatley Heights Sports Complex owned jointly by the city of San Antonio and Bexar County, and the SAISD Sports Complex, next door to Burbank High School.

Garza said he considers the Wheatley Heights complex a “godsend.”

Leslie Price, the district’s spokeswoman, said the facility is being rented on a per-game basis, but until the contract is finalized, the amount could not be divulged.

Garza said were it not for Wheatley Heights, “We were going to talk to school district and rent their stadiums when they weren’t playing.”

He said that would have meant not playing on Friday nights.

Garza said seating there should not be an issue since they are setting up bleachers as well to accommodate the expected crowds.

But he said parking could be problem at both facility, so police will be on hand to direct traffic and he urges fans to come early.

He said, “We’ll make it work and adjust as we go.”

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