Noblesville, Ind. (WTHR) — Noblesville Schools announced Thursday they will build a new football stadium behind Noblesville High School.
The location is on the same site as the district’s former transportation building.
The new stadium, which will cost approximately $14 million to build, according to a release by the school district, will be used for band, track and other activities. The new venue will provide 50 percent more seating, expanded concessions and restrooms, and on-site parking.
Crowd safety is also part of the design, along with enhanced lighting, practice and storage space.
Noblesville's expanding population has outgrown its current facilities which were built in the late 1960s. The city's population has grown nearly tenfold since then.
Dave Mundy, associate superintendent for Noblesville Schools, said, "The demand for more space to accommodate our programs has continued to increase as we have grown to be one of the largest high schools in the state."
A study done by the district showed a new facility would be more cost-effective than trying to expand the current stadium. The stadium will be financed through a bond and will not use referendum dollars or call for an increase in the tax rate, according to the release. The district is also looking for sponsorship partners and will sell naming rights to the stadium.
Track and field teams will start using the facility in 2021. Football will host its first game in the fall of 2022.
The district plans to maintain the current Beaver Materials Field at the Swanson Sports Complex after the stadium is built to accommodate lacrosse, rugby, band competitions and other uses.