Bozeman hears school district’s plans for football stadium

Bozeman High School football stadium

Architects for the Bozeman School District presented plans for their football stadium to city commissioners Monday night. Although the district is building on its own property, they need the city's approval before breaking ground.

On Monday night commissioners said they wanted to see more planning go into emergency vehicle access points, sound mitigation and parking.

Commissioner Jeff Krauss said the pick-up and drop-off areas were not well thought out. Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl expressed disappointment that no one from the school district was present at the meeting.

During the public hearing residents said they were concerned about what the stadium will mean for their neighborhood. In the past neighbors have expressed concerns for the lack of planning for vehicle and foot traffic, sound and light.

“The disingenuous process that has led to this proposal is a perversion that now damages the district's own integrity as much a stadium would further damage the integrity of my home and serve as the nail in the coffin for my already degraded neighborhood, “ Abigail Breuer, a Bozeman High School neighbor, said.

The football stadium construction is expected to cost about $7 million. About $6.2 million is dedicated to the construction, while the rest will go toward offsite improvements. Those improvements include the construction of a roundabout at Ruth Thibeault Way and North 15th Avenue and possibly completing part of a missing sidewalk.

This project is part of a $125 million bond approved by voters last year.

The stadium plans will not need approval from the commissioners, instead they are in the hands of the city's planning division. The city’s feedback will serve as guidance for the district as they prepare to submit a final application.

The stadium will be used by both the current and new high school. It will be built on what are currently play fields across from the where the stadium stands now.

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