Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | May 2021

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The renovations to the stadium will expand seating, add additional restrooms and a spirit shop. A new multilevel structure will replace the old press box.

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VLK Architects made sure the stadium’s design has “the Hutto look,” such as a silo appearance.

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The rst stadiumwas built in 1998.

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COURTESY TODD ROBISON

HUTTO MEMORIAL STADIUM

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1 A new press box 2 Additional restrooms, one on each end of the home side 3 A spirit shop 4 Additional seating on the home side 5 Additional concessions, one on each end of the home side

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The new stadiumwill accommodate the school’s growth into 6A status.

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the center was built to reduce the population by 800 students. Although the center’s transition into a full-edged high school is still several years away, it played a role in the nal decision to renovate Hutto Memorial Stadium to 6A conference status so, in the future, it could be uti- lized by both, Robison said. “We’re not building it just for now; we’re building it for the future,” he said. “What we’re about to do is going to be something that’s going to be here for a long time.” Room to grow As the city of Hutto has grown in population, so has enrollment in its schools, including Hutto High School, which moves up in classication every few years, Robison said. The University Interscholastic League sets conference classica- tions on public school competitions depending on enrollment. These clas- sications go from 1A, with enroll- ment of 104 students and below, to 6A, 2,220 students or more. When Hutto Memorial Stadium was built in 1998, Hutto High School was considered a

3A school with an enrollment of 274 students. Now, with its enrollment at 2,403 students at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, the high school is a 6A school. Before renovations, the stadium had about 4,700 seats, which included additional seats added around 10 years ago. Once complete, seating will have doubled with approximately 10,000 seats, Gideon said. “WE’RE NOT BUILDING IT JUST FORNOW; WE’RE BUILDING IT FOR THE FUTURE.” TODD ROBISON, HUTTO ISD DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS The base of the home-side seating will be raised 4 feet to ensure a view of the eld from any vantage point, he said. Additional seats will be added to the visitor side as well. Robison said the district expects a signicant number of visitors will come to games now that the high school is classied as 6A. When the

school moved to 4A status in 2008 and 5A in 2014, many of the teams the high school would play against were far drives from Hutto. Now, Hutto High School plays against schools in Round Rock and Leander, so an increase in visitors is more than likely, Robison said. The renovations also include two additional restrooms and conces- sions on the home side. Currently, the stadium has two concession build- ings with one situated between two restroom buildings. Gideon said in the past it would get crowded with people in line for the concessions and the restrooms. Post renovation, the stadium will have an additional two concession areas and two restroom buildings, one on each end of the home side seating, Robison said. “This allows us to really spread things out and better manage the population that attends, and frankly it enhances safety,” Gideon said. Having restrooms and concessions on the home side will also reduce the amount of people walking past the entrance to the eld. Athletic Director

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with the future in mind. Construction is estimated to be complete by Sept. 8 with the ocial ribbon cutting designated for the Freedom Game in November, the closest home game to Veteran’s Day, Assistant Superintendent of Opera- tions Henry Gideon said. HISD voters passed a $194 million bond in 2019 for renovations to the elementary, middle and high schools as well as technology and transpor- tation facility improvements. Part of the $60.8 million allocated for Hutto High School will be used for the ren- ovations of Hutto Memorial Stadium. One decision the district had to make before starting renovations was whether there would eventually need to be two stadiums for a potential second high school or if one stadium would serve both, Robison said. The new ninth-grade center, expected to open this fall, will even- tually become a second high school, he said. Because current and pro- jected enrollment at Hutto High School exceeds the building capacity,

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