Houston School District Fast-Tracks New Sports Complex

Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse [Google maps]
When Houston voters approved a major school bond initiative last year, the money wasn't just for classrooms. The measure also includes about $45 million dollars for athletic facilities in the Houston Independent School District.

Every year thousands of students play football and other sports at the Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse near Highway 290 and Loop 610.

The athletic facility is more than 50 years old, and it shows its age.

It has major roof leaks. Even the locker rooms flood.

HISD Trustee Michael Lunceford says those problems have been around for decades.

“I’m going to be 57 next month and I can remember in junior that same leak leaking on me and it had never been fixed, so it’s about time we fix that leak permanently.”

The HISD board of trustees unanimously voted to fast track a new field house this month.

The old complex will be torn down. That way the site will be ready for construction as soon as the new design is finished.

Earlier this year the district started negotiations with PBK Sports to design the new complex.

Leo Bobadilla with HISD says overall the first round of the 2012 bond projects are in the planning and design phase.

“As we look forward to another year, we’re going to see a lot of design taking place, and so there may not be a lot of construction type of work happening, but I think that’s where there’s a lot of behind the scenes work that our community will continue to stay engaged in as all this is happening.”

The last sporting events at the Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse are scheduled for this week.

The new complex is expected to be finished in 2016.

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Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and regularly contributed to WLRN, the local NPR affiliate and Miami Herald news partner...