Milwaukee Public Schools breaks ground on new state of the art athletic facility

Posted at 4:22 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 17:22:06-04

MILWAUKEE, WI - Vincent High School will soon have its own state of the art stadium equipped with synthetic turf for football and soccer and an eight-lane track suitable for Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) events.  

“It’s not only going to benefit the students, it’s going to benefit the entire city," Lynn Greb, Director of Recreation for MPS, said.  

Currently, Vincent High School doesn’t have a stadium or an outdoor track.

“This track season we had to go to other schools [to practice]," Kyra Chaires said. 

Fortunately for Chaires, a junior at Vincent High, this is all expected to change just before she finishes her final year of high school. 

“I’m kind of stoked," Chaires said. "I’m a junior, and then my senior year I can perform really really good on this [new] field."

The new state of the art stadium at the high school is expected to include the following: 

  • Outdoor lighting 
  • Shot put/ discus throw stations 
  • New ADA accessible bleachers for 1,200 spectators 
  • Home and away team rooms 
  • A press box 
  • A locker room for game officials 
  • Restrooms 
  • Concession stands 
  • A new scoreboard 
  • An entry plaza with MPS high school flags guiding spectators to a new ticket window 

They're all things Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said will enhance the athletic experience for both the fan and the athlete. 

“This is what equity really means," Driver said.  "This is what it looks like in action. The students are excited, and this is what they deserve." 

The estimated project cost is $5,656,791, and despite district-wide budget cuts, Driver said the stadium is funded through the MPS construction fund and includes dollars carried over from local tax levy/ capital project fund balance.

In addition, funding will also come from district borrowed funds and qualified school construction bonds. 

The stadium will be ready for play in spring 2019.