The future: bigger events?
In June, before a single bulldozer had touched the ground at Taft Stadium, one of the most valuable benefits of the multimillion-dollar renovation started to come into focus.
The stadium is set to host professional soccer after a North American Soccer League team was awarded a two-year lease with a renewal option to play at Taft.
The soccer club is bringing in an additional $1 million to fund extra upgrades to the press box, as well as a video scoreboard and other improvements.
It is expected that team could play as many as 30 home games, paying $4,500 per event at the stadium. Oklahoma City Public Schools also would receive a cut of profit from concessions and ticket sales.
Regardless of any additional funds or improvements a soccer team could contribute, the new Taft and Speegle stadiums will finally give the Oklahoma City school district two facilities capable of hosting bigger high school events once again, from track meets to soccer games, or even postseason football.
“Our goal is to have a venue that can be utilized for many different reasons,” district athletic director Keith Sinor said. “Concerts, OSSAA playoff events, any other type of uses we can come up with that could create revenue for athletics and stadium upkeep.”