Photos: Groundbreaking at MPS’ South Stadium as demolition, reconstruction begins

MPS Superintendent, Common Council President, students attended a Thursday event recognizing the importance of athletics to a well-rounded education; Photo gallery appears below

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools student athletes joined MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton, Common Council President Michael Murphy, School Board Director Tatiana Joseph, School Board Director Terrance Falk and Ald. Jose Perez on Thursday to celebrate a groundbreaking as demolition and reconstruction begins for the district’s 90-year-old South Stadium.

“Access to athletics is critical to a well-rounded education,” Dr. Thornton said. “We are proud to strengthen that access with the up-to-date facilities the children of this community deserve.”140410 South Stadium groundbreaking_20

Demolition could begin as early as May 1 of the 90-year-old facility adjacent to MPS’ Hayes Bilingual School and is expected to be completed by the end of June, paving the way for a new stadium to be constructed at the site.

The cost of demolition is expected to be $559,163 and the total costs for the new stadium are estimated at $9 million, with funding coming from Qualified School Construction Bonds issued by MPS through the city of Milwaukee.

The new stadium, targeted to be completed by the end of calendar year 2014, would host schools across MPS and be the home field for Bay View, Bradley Tech and South Division high schools for both football and soccer games, meeting growing demand for soccer space in the district.

“We are proud to be working with our partners at the city to start a new tradition for South Stadium,” Superintendent Thornton said.

 

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