Alamo Stadium re-dedication set for Saturday
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, Sam Houston, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, football.
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Freshly landscaped entrance to renovated Alamo Stadium. Photo by Mark Lieberman, MDLblog
View of the north end zone from the VIP suite.
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The San Antonio Independent School District is reaching out to the folks that community it serves, but it isn’t seeking funding. Instead the SAISD is extending invitations to a party this Saturday and help with honoring individuals who’ve made a lasting impact with their athletic contributions.
The district is taking nominations for individuals to become its first hall of fame class tentatively between now and Sept. 1. In the meantime the SAISD is playing host to a re-dedication ceremony for Alamo Stadium, 7 p.m. Saturday at the multi-purpose facility which opened in 1939.
The SAISD is hoping to attract a playoff-sized crowd for the event to allow the public and, especially the taxpayers who passed the $35 million bond package that made renovation possible, to attend. Admission is free.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the community come in and see Alamo Stadium renovated,” said Brian Clancy, SAISD assistant athletic director. “I want the people to see what they voted for and see the new look of Alamo Stadium.
“It belongs to the city of San Antonio and the taxpayers of the SAISD. It’s their stadium.”
The SAISD Hall of Fame also needs assistance from those same taxpayers. The district’s interim athletic director Frank Arnold admitted that, thus far, the number of nominees that have been submitted by district members and the public has been fewer than many had hoped.
“There’s a lot of names that have not been brought forth,” Arnold said. “That’s why I recommend extending the nomination period. At this point, we don’t have as many nominees as we should. I regret that, because this is really important.”
Eligible candidates in the athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors categories each must meet stringent criteria. The nomination form is available online at: http://www.saisd.net/dept/athletics889/
The completed nominating form is and supporting documents may either be mailed to: Frank Arnold, Interim Athletic Director, 110 Tuleta Dr., San Antonio, TX 78212-3197 or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org (the e-mail address on the nominating form is incorrect).
“With the history this district has, it’s surprising there wasn’t one sooner,” 17th-year Lanier football coach Don Gatian said. “It has always been (team-oriented). So, I’m glad they did it. There are a lot of people deserving of it.”
Once the inductees are chosen, their plaques will be placed in the hall of fame just inside the east entrance at Alamo Stadium. Details regarding the announcement of the first induction class still are being formulated by Arnold and the selection committee.
Clancy, a committee member, said the number of inductees would be dependent upon the final number of nominations received.
The rededication ceremony will include football, soccer and track athletes from each district school who will compete there. Bands, spirit squads and cheerleaders from all of the SAISD members also will participate.
“It’s going to be an Olympic-type thing,” Arnold said of the ceremony. “It will be a celebration and a chance to see our athletes, bands and spirit squads. The Jumbotron (video board) will be in use and there will be a little presentation on it.”
Clancy is anxious to see the stadium lights turned on again after a year away from the facility.
“It’s going to be a sight to see for all the kids who haven’t seen it,” the former Jefferson football coach said. “The kids who were sophomores in high school (when renovations began) are seniors now. To see what the taxpayers have done for them, it’s going to be amazing.”
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