Longview, TX — Traffic issues at Pirate Stadium have prompted a Thursday meeting between Longview police officers and Pine Tree school officials as frustrated taxpayers are calling on their leaders to fix the problem.
“It was horrible!!! I couldn’t even get in to pick my daughter after the 1st quarter ... They need to expand the parking lot as well as put up a red light. I saw multiple people almost get hit because they were making u turns. All that money spent on a beautiful stadium but parking is no better than it is at the old stadium,” wrote Brandie Simmons after experiencing traffic chaos at Friday night’s Pine Tree-Kilgore game.
The stadium accounted for the majority of a $29.9 million bond package, coming in at $16 million.
Pine Tree ISD school resource officer Chris Bethard said the biggest issue at Pirate Stadium is getting people into the stadium and parked in a safe and orderly manner.
The new stadium has four entrances: the main entrance at 3737 W. Loop 281, an entrance at Pine Tree Parkway, an entrance at Cotton Street and one at H.G. Mosley Parkway.
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