CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Cape Central Tigers will have their own football stadium this September.
Construction of the $2.9 million project began this spring.
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Neil Glass says the high school needed its own football field for a long time.
"Cape Central has never had a stadium," Glass says. "This is our centennial year, our 100th graduating class. Everything seems to be hitting at the same time. We’re very excited. A hundred years without having our own football field, and now we’ve got one. It is a state-of-the-art field. It is something the community can be proud of."
Cape Central previously played home games at Southeast Missouri State University’s Houck Stadium.
The new stadium will have 5,000 seats, VIP seating and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Glass says the the school district chose to install artificial turf because it requires less maintenance and is more versatile.
"With artificial turf, we can play our soccer games on it, we can play our football games on it - our freshman, JV and varsity. And have our band competitions if we so choose. Our physical education classes. It’s just that numerous events can be held on turf," Glass says.
The football stadium is funded by a $40 million bond issue approved by voters in 2010. Other projects include the new Franklin Elementary School, a Performing Art Center and a new library at the Cape Central Junior High, among others.
Jacob McCleland, KRCU