Redlands East Valley’s new stadium has grass for its pitch – here’s what comes next – Redlands Daily Facts

The first phase of construction of the football stadium at Redlands East Valley High School is nearing completion, and teams have been laying artificial turf on the pitch this week.

Since the school opened the stadium in June, teams have laid down all infrastructure for the field, track, lights and scoreboard, according to Ken Morse, operations and facilities planning coordinator for the district. Redlands Unified School.

The cost of the first phase of construction is just under $8 million. With the turf now complete, Morse said the scoreboard should arrive in mid-January.

  • Workers cut yard line numbers for the new artificial turf pitch at Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands on Monday, November 7, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Work continues on the new artificial turf pitch at Redlands...

    Work continues on the new artificial turf pitch at Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands on Monday, November 7, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Work continues on the new artificial turf pitch at Redlands...

    Work continues on the new artificial turf pitch at Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands on Monday, November 7, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Workers cut out yard line numbers for the new...

    Workers cut yard line numbers for the new artificial turf pitch at Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Students, families and members of the REV community have long called for a stadium at the school, the only comprehensive high school in Redlands Unified without one.

“It’s not uncommon to see a group of students standing by the fence on Colton Avenue, watching the construction and activity before they start school,” REV Principal Robert Clarey said. .

Students are excited about the project, he said, and construction has not interfered with classes or other campus activities.

“It’s really nice to see him reunite for REV,” said John Gutierrez, who has two sons who attend high school – Theophilus, 16, who is on the football team, and Zachariah, 15, who is in the marching band. Eighth-grade student Jeremiah will also be participating in REV, Gutierrez said.

With the first phase of construction nearing completion, the next step is the installation of a snack bar, restrooms and bleachers. The cost is estimated at $6 million.

Fundraising efforts to support the next phase of construction are underway. The East Valley Stadium Coalition launched a GoFundMe page to raise $500,000 for the project.

The inauguration of the new stadium at Opal and Colton avenues took place in June. The high school opened in 1997.

Denise W. Whigham