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$16M state-of-the-art Pine Tree stadium opens to public with free tour

$16M state-of-the-art Pine Tree stadium opens to public with free tour
Kevin Green/Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 9:04pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 9:53am

Pine Tree School Board President Charley Peck gazed through the glass of the press box at Pirate Stadium on Friday, surveying the newly-laid turf as crews power-washed a section of season ticket holder seats.

“You can drive pretty close to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the west or south to Houston and you won’t find a nicer facility,” Peck said. “Prove me wrong.”

Peck was among about 100 people invited to get a first look at the district’s much awaited state-of-the-art stadium Friday morning.

The $16 million dollar athletic complex was completed on time and, Superintendent T.J. Farler said, $1 million under its approved budget.

The stadium headlined a $29.9 million bond project approved by district taxpayers in 2011. The facility will host a variety of events, including football games, track meets and even marching band contests.

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!6 million for a stadium? Now tell me just how much they spent on educating our kids that can't count back change from a twenty dollar bill after graduating high school? I always thought schools were there to educate kids, not to play games in 16 million dollar stadiums to provide extra income for upper management. Education is all about making money anymore, not educating kids. No wonder they have to hire people from other countries for technical jobs, all we teach our kids is sports and X box

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