Construction at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium is underway, but that means the Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School football teams will have to play their home games at other stadiums.
The Tom Landry stadium bleachers were deemed unsafe due to cracked piers. Rick Hinojosa Engineering conducted a full stadium assessment at the request of Mission CISD and found the piers were not constructed per code during the renovation that took place within the 2016-2017 school year.
Director of Public Relations and Marketing Craig Verley said MCISD still cannot speak to what caused these damages due to ongoing legal proceedings with Holchemot LTD — the McAllen-based company hired to conduct the 2016-2017 renovations.
In May, Mission CISD hired G&G Construction to correct the damages that Hinojosa Engineering reported following Holchemot’s renovations. MCISD approved a $1,024,580 contract with G&G Construction.
On July 28, the district issued a notice to G&G to proceed with the repairs. According to Project and Energy Coordinator Adrian Hernandez, the contractor already has boots on the ground, and the project is ongoing. Per the contract, the repairs project will take 210 days to complete, barring any unforeseen delays that may arise. The substantial completion date is Feb. 3, 2022.
With Tom Landry undergoing construction, football games had to be scheduled at other schools. According to the recently released Mission High School football schedule, the Battle of Conway is slated to be played in Hidalgo on Aug. 26, along with most MHS home games with the exception of one game in Valley View. The VMHS varsity football team is scheduled to play its home games in Hidalgo, Sharyland, McAllen and Mercedes. MCISD will have to pay to use these other stadiums but the total cost is unclear at this time. Verley said the amounts may vary depending on the location and the district might not have negotiated that final cost yet.
MCISD initially spent about $8 million on the Tom Landry stadium renovations to make the bleachers compliant with the current Americans with Disabilities Act code. But due to the damages reported during the structural assessment, the district has still not been able to approve final completion. Although MCISD used the stadium for various events following the 2017 renovations, midway through the 2020-2021 school year, Mission CISD announced they would be temporarily closing it off to the public out of precaution.