And if necessary, the teams might play some extra road games.
“We only have one road trip outside the metro area, to Lawton,” Burgess said. “So regardless of whether we're playing at a city school or at the opponent's place, it's not going to present any huge travel problems for us.”
“We have six games on the road anyway, so hopefully it isn't too difficult for us to work it out,” added Northwest Classen coach Lloyd Smith. “This might be problematic for one year, but for years to come, these kids are going to have a great facility to play in.”
That's the key.
This is one year of sacrifice for a pair of multi-million-dollar facilities that the city football, soccer and track teams will get to use for years.
“Right now, there's no track at any of the south Oklahoma City schools,” Burgess said. “But now we'll be able to hold track meets. Our soccer teams will have great fields to play on.
“When they get this done, people won't recognize these stadiums. They'll be on par with just about all the other stadiums around the city area.”
The work is a sign of the emphasis the district leaders are putting on improving the status of their athletic programs, and providing a better situation for their players.
“We've got people trying to create a positive environment,” Smith said. “Short-term, it might be difficult, but long-term, it's going to benefit all the schools and all the teams that have access to those fields.
“It may be a while coming, but you've got to give something to get something.”