On Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City community will get the chance to learn about the details and see the final design of the nearly $9.7 million renovation to historic Taft Stadium that will begin in May.
The meeting will be held at 6 Tuesday at the Northwest Classen High School auditorium, located at 2801 NW 27 St. in Oklahoma City.
The meeting is open to students, parents and other community members who wish to learn about the project, which is being paid for by a 2007 district-wide bond issue and other Oklahoma City Public Schools funds.
Taft Stadium, built in 1934, currently hosts football games for Northwest Classen and John Marshall football games, as well as those for multiple OKCPS middle schools. In the past, it hosted everything from All-State games to stock car races.
The meeting is being coordinated by MA+ Architecture, the firm handling the renovation, as well as the MAPS trust project office. Money from the 2007 bond issue is being managed by MAPS.
OKC's Speegle Stadium is undergoing a similar renovation, and John Marshall is in the process of building a new stadium on its school campus, meaning OKCPS will greatly increase the quality of its stadiums for football, soccer and track in the coming year.
JOHN MARSHALL TO INTRODUCE WOODS TUESDAY
Former Oklahoma State football star Rashaun Woods will be introduced as the new football coach at John Marshall High School on Tuesday afternoon in a press conference at the school.
Woods, who has worked as an assistant at Star Spencer and Millwood over the last five seasons, is replacing Bruce Troxell, who stepped down after six years.
Woods, a former Millwood player, had a standout career at Oklahoma State. He was picked in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft and spent parts of four seasons in the NFL and CFL before ending his professional career.
CANCER RESEARCH FUNDRAISER SET
The six soccer teams from the Putnam City district are combining efforts for the fourth annual United Against Cancer Soccer Classic on Feb. 25-26 at Putnam City Stadium.
The six-game event will raise money for cancer research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The teams have raised more than $21,000 in the event's first three years.
Admission is $5. Elementary and middle school students wearing their school shirts will be admitted free.
Putnam City and Edmond Santa Fe kick off the boys night Feb. 25, followed by Putnam City West vs. Bethany at 6:15 p.m. and Putnam City North vs. Westmoore at 7:30 p.m.
The next time, the same teams will play at the same times in the girls games.
The games will be played with 30 minute halves and a five-minute halftime.
CORNWELL, PARKER ADD OFFERS
Norman North quarterback David Cornwell and Jenks safety Steven Parker had an eventful close to the week, adding offers to their growing lists.
Cornwell, No. 5 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top 2014 recruits, added an offer from Kansas.
It's the second Big 12 offer for Cornwell, who received an offer from Oklahoma State earlier in the week.
Cornwell also received another offer from Auburn. He had received an offer from the Gene Chizik's staff at Auburn before Chizik was fired and replaced by Gus Malzahn.
Parker, No. 2 on the Super 30, picked up his first Big 10 offer, from Nebraska.
Parker already had offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Tulsa.
Bixby offensive lineman Chandler Miller received his first offer recently, from Tulsa.
By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber