It’s a WIN for Stephenville ISD: Voters approve bond proposition for new football/soccer stadium.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The worry over where the Stephenville Yellow Jackets will play their football games when its contract with Tarleton State University expires is no more.


Voters gave the green light to a $39.9 million bond proposition for a new football/soccer stadium on Tuesday with 3,878 supporting the measure and 3,731 voting against it.

“It’s exciting times,” SISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Cederstrom told Beneath the Surface News. “This was not something I ever dreamed I would undertake when I applied for this job, but I am happy that the taxpayers approved it.”


Cederstrom said the board will discuss the project’s next steps during Monday’s meeting and that he is confident the stadium will be ready before the contract with Tarleton comes to an end.

THE COMMITTEE BEHIND THE BOND


Stephenville ISD can celebrate Tuesday’s big win thanks largely to a committee tasked with coming up with the bond proposal after a larger one failed in May.


The group spent months doing research, getting bids and coming up with a plan the public would approve.

That committee included Craig Allen, Julie Butchee, Carla Trussell, Rick Haile, Rhett Harrison, Kimmie McKinney, Jason Smith, Rick Gann, Belle Dowell, Bryan Lesley, Andrew Hansen, Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash, Stephenville City Manager Jason King, SHS head football coach Sterling Doty and SISD athletic director Jerod Womack.

The stadium will include a state tournament-size soccer field and 100-yard football field.


Other amenities will include 7,500 seats (820 with seatbacks for season ticket holders), a two-story press box, home and visitor concessions and restrooms, accommodations for band members, cheerleaders and Stingerettes, parking for home and away buses, scoreboard and sound system.