Sports

School district looking for new stadium

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Federal Way school district wants to make Celebration Park, and the area surrounding it, even more of a sports-related destination than it already is.

The district is tossing around the idea of demolishing Federal Way Memorial Stadium and constructing a new $12-15 million, state-of-the art facility on property adjacent to Celebration Park.

“(Federal Way) would have a sports complex,” said district superintendent Tom Murphy. “I could imagine this might be very, very attractive to a lot of soccer associations. It would be a great venue for tournaments.”

The new stadium would be built as part of a monumental two-part, $434 million capital bond issue over a 10-year period, which the district is talking about putting on the ballot as early as February 2006. The first round of the bond — $240 million — would cover building a new Federal Way High School and moving Memorial Stadium, among other things. The new stadium is slated to be pretty similar to the current facility, located on the campus of Federal Way High School. It would include two sides of covered bleachers and a FieldTurf football/soccer field surrounded by an eight-lane synthetic track.

The demolition of the current stadium, built in the late 1960s, would be necessary to construct a completely new Federal Way High School. The new complex would have the capacity to house 2,400 students and sit right on top of where Memorial Stadium currently rests. Officials say the high school is outdated.

According to Murphy, moving the stadium to the Celebration Park location would allow Federal Way High students to remain in the current buildings while the new school is being constructed.

“We looked at several options, but this made the most sense,” he said about the plan.

Murphy did say that the new stadium, if

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