A look at the planned improvements for Taft and Speegle stadiums

In a combined project that will cost roughly $19 million — coming from a past bond issue and other funds from Oklahoma City Public Schools — Taft and Speegle stadiums will undergo major renovations over the next 10 months.
by Scott Wright Modified: September 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: September 3, 2013
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AT A GLANCE

The project: Planned improvements

In a combined project that will cost roughly $19 million — coming from a past bond issue and other funds from Oklahoma City Public Schools — Taft and Speegle stadiums will undergo major renovations over the next 10 months.

The stadiums will be almost completely rebuilt, with only a few exceptions. The improvements are scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2014 football season.

Speegle Stadium, at Grand Boulevard and S Shartel Avenue on the Capitol Hill High School campus in southwest Oklahoma City, will have its home bleachers and press box demolished and rebuilt. The bleachers on the visitors' side will remain, as will the rock wall that encircles virtually all of the stadium.

Both sides of bleachers at Taft Stadium, NW 27 and May Avenue, have been demolished and will be rebuilt, though the outer wall of the east bleachers will be repaired and remain in its original form. Like Speegle, Taft has a rock wall circling part of the field. Both walls were built as part of Works Progress Administration projects in the late 1930s and will be retained in their current form.

Among the other improvements to both stadiums are:

• New playing surfaces for football and soccer.

• New track and field surfaces.

• New locker rooms and scoreboards.

• New concession stands, restrooms and seating areas for fans.


by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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