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Ennis breaks ground for new stadium

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MIKE SACKETT
Ellis County Press
ENNIS - School officials and city leaders recently broke ground for Ennis School District's new $10 million athletic complex and football stadium.

According to Chip Harper of Harrison, Walker and Harper Construction, 'We will dedicate this new stadium at the beginning of next year's season.'

Located to the west of the high school, the seating capacity is estimated to be 6,000 on the home side, 4,000 on the visitors' side.

EISD Public Information Officer Glenn Hyde called the complex a state-of-the-art facility. 'This stadium will have an artificial turf,' he said. 'We are still looking at different turfs and bidders.'

Other features of the stadium will be 600 stadium-type seats, similar to Texas Stadium, in the reserved section. The remaining seating will be aluminum benches.

Atop the stadium will be a two-story press box with elevator access. The press box will have the latest in communications and technology access.

Opening the ceremonies was School Board President Ivan Goodwin, who said he played and was present at the last game at the original stadium behind the junior high and was present at the first game of the present stadium. 'And I will be at the opening game of this stadium,' he said.

Supervising the project for HRH will be Project Manager L.B. Houston, who said initial grading has begun. He said the project should be ready for the first game of the 2001 season.

S.H. W Architects of Dallas designed the complex. HRH will be the project construction managers. 

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