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High schools: Taft, Speegle stadiums will be flattened, rebuilt

Two of the city's most historic stadiums have become run down over last decade or more. The Oklahoma City Public Schools' administration has worked to clean them up in their current form. But the time has come to rebuild.
by Scott Wright Published: January 6, 2013

photo - Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma September 3, 2009. Photo from The Oklahoman Archives ORG XMIT: KOD
Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma September 3, 2009. Photo from The Oklahoman Archives ORG XMIT: KOD

“It's a work in progress,” Sinor said. “We're trying to work with our other stadium sites to put some games there, and we're working with other area schools to use their facilities.”

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.”

by Scott Wright
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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