The Springdale School Board scored a touchdown with sports fans Tuesday night. A brand new stadium will replace dirt piles at Har-Ber High School's practice field, ready by the first football game of the 2014 season. The school board also approved renovations at Springdale High's facility which will be complete by 2015.
"In the community of Springdale, football is a big deal. For both of those schools to be able to have their own identity I think is really, really important," said Rick Schaeffer with Springdale Public Schools.
"It gives us a landmark on each campus... It's just a great day for Springdale. It's a great day to have these facilities renovated and built because it provides more opportunities for our kids to grow and prosper in athletics," said Athletic Director Wayne Stehlik.
Stehlik went on to say he knows the friendly competition between Wildcats and Bulldogs will also boost community spirit.
"Now Har-Ber gets to have their own home game and Springdale will have to go to Har-Ber to play... It's been nothing but really a positive thing for our city."
And many in Springdale are grateful the district is covering the cost of the $8.5-million project without another millage.
"We're not anticipating building another school here for another couple years, so it's a perfect time to use some of that building fund money to build these stadiums," said Schaeffer.
So far, Schaeffer said they have received only positive feedback following this decision. Springdale High has its own traditions at Bulldog Stadium, so many are excited that now the students, alums and athletes at Har-Ber High will be able to start some new traditions on their campus.