School looks to spice up sports program

Osceola looking to update athletics facilities
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - The Osceola School District wants to spice up their sports program in a big way.

Superintendent Michael Cox said Monday that the school needs a new basketball arena and updates to their football stadium and track.

"It is time we update our sports facilities," Cox said.

The community will vote on a proposed 1.5 percent mileage increase in June.

Cox said the current basketball stadium does not have enough seats to host tournaments.

He said there is not even enough room to host the guests at their own games, so many fans have to stand against the walls to watch the games.

"The new arena will seat about 1,800 people, which will allow us to have regional and state tournaments," Cox said.

He added, "It will be a big boom to Osceola because you bring in 32 teams, and they spend money, and they need a place to stay."

Cox said the football field that was built in the 70s needs a facelift.

"What we are planning to do out there is put astroturf on the field, resurface our running track and put in LED lighting," Cox said.

He said the track is not feasible to hold meets either.

Cox says he wants to host sporting events, saying it will bring back spirit the school once had.

"We want to bring back the Seminole pride," Cox said. "The graduates of Osceola know what I'm talking about, about Seminole pride. It seems like the last few years we kind of lost some of it. We want to bring that back for the city of Osceola and our students."

Voters will make their decision on June 28 at the Osceola Courthouse.

So far, the school district has heard positive feedback from the community.

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