Movement begins on new AHS athletic facility

Movement begins on new AHS athletic facility
Posted on 01/24/2019

Arlington Community Schools took its first step this week towards building a new, indoor athletic facility at Arlington High School.

ACS Board of Education members voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to contract with Renaissance Group for architectural services. The approximate 26,400 square foot building will feature soccer and girls softball locker rooms, a coaches office, storage space and an indoor practice field for the various athletic programs that AHS offers.

Other student organizations, such as band and color guard, will have access to the facility as well. Additionally, the project will create additional parking for the athletic complex.

“It really allows our kids to play more year-round and not let the weather be a hindrance,” said Superintendent Tammy Mason. “We’re still getting input from coaches to ensure it’s built and equipped appropriately.”

Although the facility will be open for all AHS athletics, certain sports will have priority, such as soccer, softball and baseball. As construction gets closer, administrators and coaches will work together to determine a schedule suitable for everyone.

an artist rendering of a metal building

Mason said the new practice facility will also provide a private space for players to dress and have team meetings, which some sports currently do not have. 

“We owe it to our kids to have a facility that lets them maximize their time, space and safety,” she said.

The indoor facility is expected to cost between $3.5 and 3.7 million. Leaders hope construction on the facility will be complete in the 2019-2020 school year.