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Plans for the new stadium facility at Lacey Complex were recently released by Friends of the Stadium, a working committee made up of, William Penn University, Oskaloosa Booster Club, George Daily Family Trust, MCRF and Musco Lighting. The new complex will consist of first-class artificial turf football and soccer fields and an all-weather track.
The facility will be available for use by all community entities including William Penn and Oskaloosa public schools. It will provide for multiple activities ranging from football, track and soccer to band.
”Musco Lighting is committed to building the track, fields and seating for use by the Fall of 2011,” said Musco Sales Vice President Jeff Rogers. Rogers has also been helping lead development of the new Babe Ruth facility in Oskaloosa.
“We will replicate features long enjoyed and appreciated in Oskaloosa such as bowl seating which will be enhanced with a terraced hill,” he said.
The plan provides for ample on-site parking, expanded restrooms including family-friendly facilities, and handicap accessible stadium seating.
“Additional features will be constructed as funds are raised with community support,” said David Ahmad, Co-Chairman of the stadium fundraising committee. Features such as parking lot paving, state-of-the-art video scoreboards and sound system, furnishings for the concession stands and on-field locker rooms for home and visiting teams will be constructed in phases through fundraising efforts.
“Going forward there is also the potential to incorporate features from the current stadium such as the brick ticket booths through support of the Oskaloosa School District ” Ahmad said.
The cost estimate for the fully completed project is $7.5 million. Fundraising drives will begin this Fall.
“The original Community Field was built in the 1890’s and the high school and William Penn played there for nearly 40 years,” said Joe Crookham, Musco President. “Then in 1929 the community, working together with the Oskaloosa School District and William Penn, built the current stadium.,” he said. “Over the last 80 years there have been substantial upgrades and modifications done at the existing stadium,” he said, “Now it’s time to build a third field.”
The working committee, including the Oskaloosa School District, has been meeting since 2007 to evaluate concerns with safety according to William Penn Athletic Director Greg Hafner.
“As we looked into what needed to be done at the existing stadium to meet current safety and athletic standards, the big concerns were space and cost,” said Hafner. “For example, we would need to expand the space between the field and grandstand by 60 feet to allow a safe, adequate buffer for players,” he said.
“The existing stadium has many other structural limitations including the need for upgrading to meet current ADA standards, providing basic maintenance and upgrade of locker rooms and restrooms, along with fixing sewer lines that make upgrade impractical,” he said. “For these reasons, a new modern facility is being planned and built which will meet current safety standards so we can continue what is becoming a proud tradition of hosting district, conference and regional events,” Hafner said.
The committee has met with user groups from college football to high school marching band to discuss their needs and came up with the current concept. As the process continued, the Lacey Complex location was explored along with the opportunity to add a second field to support soccer tournaments, Hafner said
Gravel roadways out to the Complex are being paved with cooperation from both the city and county to make access easy and safe.
“We are excited about the addition of the new stadium complex at Lacey,” said Oskaloosa Booster Club President Curt Spry . “We know it will be built to the same premium quality as the other facilities at the Lacey Complex
“Our community is a destination for recreation activities,” Spry said. “They contribute a fun atmosphere to the community and help support the local economy,” he said..” The new stadium will be one more top-notch recreation facility in Oskaloosa.”
Individuals interested in learning more about the stadium can call David Ahmad at (641)672-1658 or
, or John Pothoven at (641)673-8271 or