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|New Design For Burrell Field Unveiled|
|Friday, 05 August 2011 07:12|
TIMES FILE PHOTO
The old bleachers at Burrell Field will be replaced when a new football field and track are built, along with renovations to the rest of the Pacific Sports Complex.
By Amy Sylvestri
San Leandro Times
The new Pacific Sports Complex is shaping up to be a very modern facility – based on the new designs that the architects presented this week.
The school school board got a glimpse of the design for the new athletic fields at its Tuesday night meeting. Tricia Tanimura from AEDIS Architecture and Planning showed the board mock-up drawings of the new stadium and surrounding sports fields.
The $16 million project is being paid for by Measure M, the $50 school bond that voters approved last November.
In the drawings, the sign in front is somewhat similar to the Giant’s AT&T Park, with brick pillars, iron work, and retro lettering. Inside the stadium, the area is divided by fences into the football/track area and the soccer/softball area.
The football field will seat 3,500 – 1,000 on the visitors’ side (nearer to Teagarden Street) and 2,500 home fans and the press box on the other side.
An 8-lane, 400 meter track wraps around the football field, with areas for pole vaulting and jumping events. There will also be new concession stand, restrooms, and team locker rooms.
The tennis courts will be resurfaced and re-striped.
The school board praised the designs but did have some questions, specifically about advertising space, which they are counting on for revenue.
Morgan Mack-Rose, the school board president, said that space should be left on the the signs and marquees for paid sponsors.
They could be looking at the Pacific Sports Complex, “brought to you by Kaiser,” she suggested.
School Board Member Looks at Advertising Revenue
Mack-Rose also wanted the electronic marquee that announces upcoming events to be placed on the side of the property that faces I-880 rather than the parking area on Teagarden, in order to attract more attention and sponsors.
“I’m not bowled over by the placement,” said Mack-Rose. “I don’t get the impression that marketing has been discussed enough. We need to be thoughtful.”
The architects said they can put any new ideas for placement into their computer graphics program and see how they work out and report back to the board.
The new ideas will be sent back to the conceptual design and facilities and technology committees in order to incorporate more advertising options.
Regardless of the design, the board said they were happy to see what they called much-needed Measure M projects get closer to becoming reality.
“It’s very exciting,” said board member Ron Carey about the upgrade from the old, weathered Burrell Field. “It’s exciting to know that we’ll have facilities where you don’t have to worry about accidentally putting your fist through the wall.”