VACAVILLE — A football stadium at Will C. Wood High is still just an idea, but that idea took a major step toward coming to fruition Thursday when the Vacaville school board received the final cost and feasibility study on the potential stadium.
Conducted by HMC Architects, the study resulted in two options for a potential stadium on the southeast corner of the Wood campus, at the corner of Peabody and Marshall roads.
What HMC and the stakeholders committee deemed the preferred option included a full-width football/soccer field inside and all-weather track and a concrete bleacher system built into a hillside that overlooks the site.
It also included team rooms on site.
That option, “allows us to maximize the utilization of the space,” said Brian Meyers of HMC as he presented the options to the board.
Early cost estimates for the preferred option came to just more than $13.7 million.
The second option involved a narrower field with aluminum bleachers on both sides, leaving the hillside untouched. That option came to about $12.7 million.
Both designs provided for 4,000 seats – 2,500 on the home side and 1,500 on the visitors’ side.
Meyers cautioned that those were just early estimates and more concrete numbers would have to come later if the district decides to move forward with the project.
Members of the stakeholder committee also addressed the board, including student representative Brian Chapman, who was one of several dozen students at the meeting.
“All the students here are here to support future Wildcats,” Chapman said, acknowledging that if a stadium gets built, it won’t be done until after he graduates.
One neighbor who spoke during public comment on the report was critical of any potential stadium, citing parking and traffic issues that would result from the minimum five home football games each fall.
Trustee David McCallum clarified that the acceptance of the study didn’t guarantee anything.
“This is by no means a ‘yea’ or ‘nay,’ that’s not going to happen tonight,” he said.
A major hurdle remains, and that’s how to pay of any stadium, if it should be approved at a later date.
“There’s no way a stadium could come out of the general fund, it’s not going to happen,” McCallum said. “So what we would be talking about is a bond.”
Any bond measure would have to go before voters for approval.
In other action, the board elected new officers, naming Trustee Sherie Mahlberg board president, replacing McCallum; Michael Kitzes vice president, replacing Jerry Eaton; and Shelley Dally board clerk, replacing Mahlberg.
All terms began Thursday and last through Dec. 11, 2014.
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