Fort Bend

Lamar CISD hopes voters pass bond to fund repairs for district’s stadium

The Guy K. Traylor Stadium opened in 1960 and is in need of some significant repairs, the school district said. Roosevelt Nivens, the school district’s superintendent, decided to close the student section due to foundation concerns.

Guy K. Traylor Stadium would undergo repairs if voters approve a bond in November.
Lamar CISD
Guy K. Traylor Stadium would undergo repairs if voters approve a bond in November.

Voters living in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District will decide on a bond measure that would fund $15 million in repairs for the district's stadium.

The Guy K. Traylor Stadium opened in 1960 and is in need of some significant repairs, the school district said. Roosevelt Nivens, the school district's superintendent, decided to close the student section due to foundation concerns.

"Right now we're having significant issues with it," Nivens said. "We have some foundational problems with it. We have some lighting concerns. The turf is a major concern."

The student section is currently closed at Guy K. Traylor Stadium due to foundation issues.
Lamar CISD
The student section is currently closed at Guy K. Traylor Stadium due to foundation issues.

The funding would help repair the foundation as well as replace the 10-year-old turf and stadium lights, among other renovations.

Last year, the voters rejected a roughly $5 million bond for lighting and turf replacements to the stadium, according to the Fort Bend Herald. They also rejected a roughly $195 million bond proposition that would have funded the construction of a second stadium, the newspaper reported.

Nivens said that unlike last year, the school district can guarantee that this year's bond will not impact the tax rate.

"With this bond, it is definite there's not a tax rate increase because we just lowered the tax rate by almost 10 cents," he said.

The school district serves 15 municipalities, such as Richmond, Rosenberg and parts of Sugar Land and Missouri City.

Nivens said extracurriculars like school sports help connect students to their communities, setting them up for success.

"Traylor Stadium is a center point of all of our activities that we do in our school system," he said. "It's not just for athletics."