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P.G. High's new stadium nearly complete

By KELLY NIX

Published: May 1, 2009

NO LONGER will it be an embarrassment for Pacific Grove High School to host football games, soccer matches and other sporting events.

That’s because, in two weeks, the school will have a new $7 million athletic stadium to replace the dilapidated one in use since the 1960s.

“The new stadium is going to be quite a facility,” said P.G. Unified School District assistant superintendent Robin Blakley.

The stadium, under construction since June 2008, will be completed May 15 and dedicated May 30. This week, construction crews were installing a rubberized track to replace the old dirt one.

The stadium features upgraded aluminum bleachers, synthetic grass field, snack bar, scoreboard, field house and wheelchair access. It also features an upgraded parking lot and walkway to the field.

And Blakley said graduation ceremonies for the PGHS class of 2009 will be conducted at the new stadium June 5.
The stadium was paid for by taxpayers through a $42 million bond made possible through Measure D, which voters approved in June 2006 to renovate P.G. schools.

“We have had a lot of community support,” Blakley said.

The athletic field was designed to host football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse and other events. It will also be open — on a reservation basis — for the community to use for various events.

“It is intended to be a community resource, not just a school resource,” he said.

Blakley said the project is on time, but there were some unexpected costs that amounted to about $160,000.