The impact: scheduling conundrum
With the renovations to Taft and Speegle stadiums, five high school football teams — Northwest Classen, U.S. Grant, Capitol Hill, Southeast and John Marshall — are without home fields this fall.
And rather than having four stadiums to use for nine high school football teams, Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor has two.
That means Moses F. Miller Stadium at Douglass and Carl Twidwell Stadium at Star Spencer will see an increased load of football action.
But Sinor and the teams were able to solve the scheduling issue without too much trouble.
“When you're down to two stadiums and trying to schedule nine football teams, it's obviously problematic,” Sinor said. “It was just a matter of trying to find alternate locations to play some games. All-in-all, it wasn't too terribly difficult, but it was a time-consuming process.”
Oklahoma City Public Schools worked with nearby Crooked Oak Public Schools, an independent school district in south Oklahoma City, to use its football field for seven games. In other instances, Oklahoma City teams offered some opponents a buyout option for what would have been an Oklahoma City home game to instead be played at the opponent's stadium.
The buyout option provided a win-win scenario. The cost for the opponents was in the range of what the Oklahoma City schools stood to make at their home games, so they wouldn't lose money by giving up a game. And the opponents add another home game with the likelihood they will profit well beyond what they paid for the buyout.
SCOTT WRIGHT, STAFF WRITER