WACO, Texas (KWTX) Last week Waco Independent School District decided to move forward with the design phase of the Paul Tyson field renovation and relocation project. The district received and initial cost estimate of $9.5 million dollars for the project as well as a construction time estimate of about 17 months from O’Connell Robertson architects.
“We are taking a look at all of the facilities in Waco ISD with a comprehensive study, and so this will be a piece of that for sure,” said Dr. Susan Kincannon, Superintendent for Waco ISD.
The plans to move the field from its current location to the Waco High campus have been in the works for about two years now. A year ago the district voted to give mclennan County the land where the field currently sits and is leasing the facility back from the county for $1until a new field can be built.
“The concept at this point includes an eight lane track with a turf field,” said Dr. Kincannon. “And new dressing and locker rooms for our student athletes.”
The facility will also include a 2,000 seat grandstand and 500 square foot press box.
The county is committing $2.4 million to the Paul Tyson Field project and another $3.3 million to the City of Waco to help with the relocation of Lake Air Little League. As that land was given to the school district as a part of the land transfer.
‘This project has been in a progress for some time now and we are pushing forward so that the county and the city can make the changes that they want to make here,” said Dr. Kincannon.
According to Dr. Kincannon, the construction phase is still some time away and we won’t see a finished facility for another few years.
When the construction is finished, the county says the land where the historic field currently sits will be used to build a livestock and equestrian show facility as apart of larger Extraco Event Center and fair ground expansion.
Paul Tyson Field was constructed in 1961 and was home to the Waco High Lions and University High School Trojans football teams for decades. The facility is currently used for local 6-man high school football teams, as well as Waco High Varsity track and middle school athletics.