Tonight’s football game between the Veterans Memorial High School Patriots and the Nixon High School Mustangs originally scheduled to be played in the Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium will be played at Mercedes High School instead, said Mission CISD athletic director Leticia “Letty” Ibarra.
The man whose company is building the long awaited stadium told the MCISD board of trustees Wednesday that barring more rain the stadium could be ready for play as soon as next week or at the latest Oct. 27.
Michael Montalvo of Holchemont Ltd. construction company said Wednesday recent rains have delayed the installation of brick pavers in the front of the stadium and ornamental iron gating in front of the stadium. He said installation of the elevator to the 70-foot high press box has been completed but it cannot be inspected until the school district establishes a dedicated telephone line for the elevator emergency call system. He said he has scheduled a state inspector to inspect the elevator on Wednesday but that it will not pass inspection without the phone line.
Montalvo and Eli Alvarado of the architectural firm that designed the stadium told trustees all other aspects of the stadium, the air conditioning in the press box, the score board and sound system are all working.
Montalvo said if the elevator is ready for inspection Wednesday the stadium could be ready for use on Oct. 20 in time for Mission High School’s last home game scheduled in the stadium. Otherwise he anticipated it would be ready in time for Veterans Memorial High School’s last game scheduled in the stadium on Nov. 3 because the state inspector requires a week’s notice for inspection requests.
On Wednesday night trustees voted to give Schools Superintendent Ricardo López authority to declare the stadium substantially completed in order to expedite the stadium’s use should the state inspection and completion of the paver installation occur next week.
“We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not the train,” Montalvo told the board.