Loftin Stadium Begins Phase One of Renovation

Kayson Welch, Reporter

The Los Banos district plans to update the Loftin football stadium have begun with a ground breaking event on August 25, 2022 by BMY construction to improve the football stadium. 

The school district superintendent Dr. Mark Marshall, students, football players, cheerleaders, staff members, coaches, and community members were present.

The project will take place in three phases. The first phase will be a new ticket booth, concession stand, two team rooms, equipment storage rooms, and bathrooms. Phase 2 will include installing turf for the football field and an all weather track. And last but not least, the third phase will be the sound system, stadium stands, and press box areas.

According to Mr. Joe Barcellos, the athletic director, “District was hesitant to take down the pool house because of what they may find. The pool pumps and other chemicals were located below the surface which drew some concerns as well.”

Cade Torres a junior football player said, “It’s a little too late for me, but it’s good they are getting it done for the future.”

Mr. Mike Tate also had this to say about the new project, “The beginning is going to be nice, like the locker rooms and  concession stands. When it’s all put together, it’s going to be real nice to where people gravitate to the stadium and players want to come play for Los Banos High.”

For this $6.9 million project it will be funded by a bond called Measure X from property taxes. Measure X is no longer exists, but it helped build Grasslands, Pacheco High’s science wing, and now the Loftin football stadium. Both Grasslands and Pacheco projects are expected to be done by May 7, 2023.