MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile County Public School System is moving forward with plans to build five new on-campus stadiums for high schools in the district.
Monday, the Mobile County Board of Education voted to approve the bids for the first two of the five stadiums. LeFlore High School and Vigor High School’s stadium projects were both approved.
When the plans to construct the stadiums were released in May – the school system estimated the stadiums would cost from $2-5 million.
The board approved $5,497,771 to build Vigor’s new stadium and $5,038,882 for LeFlore’s new stadium. The plans include concession stands, lockers, and the fields will be built with artificial turf. The goal is to have the stadiums built by August 2022.
“This is much larger than Vigor high school. This is for our community,” said Gerald Cunningham, the principal of Vigor High School.
Cunningham graduated from Vigor and played football when he was a student there. “This is a dream come true. Because our kids, our students, our alumni, we deserve this,” said Cunningham.
The school system has also released the plans for the two stadiums.
LeFlore High School’s stadium will seat about 4,000 people. Below are the full plans for the stadium:
Vigor High School’s stadium will seat about 3,500 fans. The full plans for the Vigor stadium are below:
“A number of the high schools in the county have a stadium, and the schools in the inner city do not have their own stadium, and it’s just time that we do that. So all of the schools that did not have stadiums, other than Murphy High school, we’ve got to find some land for them, will have now those stadiums on their campus,” said Dr. Reginald Crenshaw, the President of the Board of Commissioners for the Mobile County Public School System.
Cunningham says it’s an exciting time for students, staff, and alumni. “When the stadium comes, it’s going to be outstanding for the City of Prichard as a whole,” said Cunningham.
B.C Rain, Davidson, and Williamson High Schools will also be getting new stadiums.