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Tom Landry stadium nearly ready for football season

Mission CISD is in the final stretch of the repairs project at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium. Although there has been much back and forth between the school district and the contractors, the plan is to have the stadium ready for the football game on Aug. 26. 

The home side of the stadium, which G&G Construction is managing, is near substantial completion. Though the date for substantial completion was supposed to be Aug. 8, the board approved a change order for 10 extra days to repair underground electrical conduits, pour concrete over the area and install galvanized items. 

As of Aug. 18, the board has not scheduled a meeting to approve substantial completion. But Rene Garza of G&G said they should hit substantial completion before Aug. 26. At a previous workshop, Albert Treviño from Rick Hinojosa Structural Engineering said final completion is scheduled for Sept. 7.

The visitor side, which Terra Fuerte Construction is managing, is on schedule to reach substantial completion by Sept. 11. Treviño said the visitor side is about 95 percent complete at the Aug. 10 board meeting. Final completion for the visitor side is scheduled for Oct. 11. 

When the board approves substantial completion, the remaining punch list should only consist of cosmetic items that don’t affect the overall structure. Once the punch lists for both sides of the stadium are complete, the board can approve final completion for each side. 

In February, Mission CISD opted to split the sides of the stadium into two projects in the hopes that it would speed up the process. Before the district hired Terra Fuerte to complete the visitor side, G&G predicted they could not complete the project until possibly November


The board of trustees also awarded Javier Hinojosa Engineering the contract for the synthetic turf designs at Tom Landry stadium and Veterans Memorial High School Patriot Stadium. The contract is for a fixed fee of $70,000. 

In June, administration and the school board said they do not plan to redo the turf until after the 2022 football season. 

It has been eight years since the district had the original artificial grass installed. Although it is supposed to last about 10 years, the Rio Grande Valley heat decreases surface longevity. Worn fields mean less padding and more injuries. 

According to Assistant Superintendent for Operations Rick Rivera, replacing the turf takes about three months. However, if the contractors begin construction immediately after football season, administration hopes the field will be ready for spring sports.

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