Wichita State University has been given the go-ahead to tear down its 74-year-old Cessna Stadium.
The Kansas Board of Regents approved a request from Wichita State University to demolish the 24,000-seat venue.
Cessna Stadiumis home to Wichita State track and field and the annual Kansas State High School Track and Field Championship. The venue was renovated in 1969 as a football and track facility.
Wichita State says the stadium is now in poor condition and is an ongoing safety concern, even though $100,000 has recently been invested in steel safety repairs.
Wichita State Athletics director Darron Boatright said:
Seeking permission from the Kansas Board of Regents is the first step in any process as a state institution. We believe demolition is the best course of action when and if funding sources are identified. We look forward to continuing our relationship with KSHAA and hosting the state track meet as well as track and field meets for our program.
The university suggests demolishing the stadium in two phases. Phase 1 would include the east stands. Phase 2 includes the west stands and press box.
This would allow track activities to continue until a new, smaller multi-purpose stadium is built on the site.
It would be used to host both men’s and women’s athletics and the regional community and economy by supporting soccer, lacrosse, and track and field events for both Wichita State University as well as K-12 aged tournaments from around the Midwest/Southwest in partnership with regional clubs. The track will remain.
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