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Federal Way Memorial Stadium to get a needed facelift

Federal Way Memorial Stadium will have a new look in the near future.

The Federal Way School District received word last week that Del Taco will be donating $45,000 toward a new, state-of-the-art LED scoreboard that will replace the old one that has been sitting at the north end of the field since 1971.

“This is a big deal because it’s the first step toward trying to get sponsorship money for our stadium and athletic facilities,” said school board member Dave Larson.

The Del Taco sponsorship comes a year after the Federal Way School Board voted to allow companies to advertise at district athletic venues, including Memorial Stadium. There are already banners hanging along the perimeter fence of the field, which are purchased for an initial fee of $500, and plans for banners to be hung inside Federal Way gyms.

The idea of using advertising money to subsidize high school sports is nothing new in the South Puget Sound League. The Sumner School District has been doing it for years, as have others.

In Sumner, Sunset Chevrolet car dealership sponsors the Sumner High School football/soccer stadium with a $100,000 contract over 10 years.

Larson noted that Federal Way businesses display advertising at Sumner Chev Stadium.

“We’ve got to have have Federal Way businesses advertising in Federal Way,” Larson said.

The scoreboard won’t be the only improvement at Federal Way Memorial Stadium over the next couple of years thanks to the passage of the massive $149 million construction bond in May.

The improvements will include earthquake reinforcement, replacement of the current artificial turf and track surface, paving of the facility’s parking lot and the installation of new lighting.

The new synthetic playing surface will be the most welcome change at the stadium, at least for the athletes playing on the field. The surface will be a much softer, grass-like material that is used at all of the other high school stadiums around the South Puget Sound League, as well as places like Husky Stadium and Qwest Field.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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