As we wrap up another great school year in GCISD, we are already looking ahead to next fall and the re-opening of Mustang Panther Stadium. I am sure that most of you have observed the progress on the facility while driving down Highway 26, but I am also sure that many of you have asked the question, “will this be ready by August?” 

This year, Texas had a significant amount of rain, compounded with high winds, which has unfortunately delayed the completion date for the project. We have been working diligently with our football coaches and their respective opponents to make any necessary adjustments to the schedule. As a result, we have made the following changes: 

Week One:
August 30: Grapevine v. Azle at Dragon Stadium
August 31: Colleyville Heritage v. North Forney at Dragon Stadium 

Week Two:
September 7: Grapevine v. Abilene Cooper at Apogee Stadium (UNT)
September 7: Colleyville Heritage v. Carroll at Dragon Stadium

Week Three:
September 13: Colleyville Heritage v. Trinity at Pennington Field
September 13: Grapevine v. Northwest at Northwest Stadium

Week Four:
September 21: Bye week for both teams 

At this time, the first planned home game for the 2018 season is the Colleyville Heritage homecoming game against Newman Smith High School on September 28. 

We understand that this is not ideal for our families, fans and especially our players; however, the weather and its impact on construction is beyond our control. We have worked with neighboring districts to have great places for our students to perform and I am confident that our students, fans and community will show up and support our teams during these first few weeks of the season. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience during the stadium construction. It will all be worth it when we are enjoying the performances from our students at the new Mustang Panther Stadium!

Dr. Robin Ryan
GCISD Superintendent of Schools 


 

MUSTANG PANTHER STADIUM:‚Äč THE NEW EXPERIENCE

When Mustang Panther Stadium opens in Fall 2018 for football season, fans, students, and community members will have a new game day experience as part of a stadium renovation.

Our school district is rich in tradition and excellence, so as part of the stadium renovation, we will honor the past while building for the future. The architecture of the redesigned Mustang Panther Stadium evokes a feeling of nostalgia with its brick exterior and high archways.

The work will be completed over the next two years using funds the district received through a $26 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) payout resulting from the 1996 TIF agreement with the City of Grapevine to bring Grapevine Mills Mall to the area.

“As a district, we are always looking for ways to continue to be fiscally responsible, whether through our annual budget, debt management or short and long term investments,” said DaiAnn Mooney, GCISD Chief Financial Officer. “Thanks to the foresight of previous district leaders, we are now able to benefit from these funds, while we continue to operate under a flawed public education funding system.”

Approved by the GCISD Board of Trustees and the Grapevine City Council, the funds will be used by the district on renovations to Mustang Panther Stadium, joint-use educational facilities and the joint fiber project with the City of Grapevine. 

During the varsity football game between Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School on October 21, 2016, the district unveiled an initial rendering of the stadium, as well as some photos of what fans can expect from the new Mustang Panther Stadium.

In an effort to provide the community with the same information that was presented to three focus groups, the district held three community presentations. During these one hour meetings, community members were able to learn about the TIF, plans for renovations and additional information about Mustang Panther Stadium. Those meeting dates were:
     Tuesday, October 25, from 6-7 p.m.
     Friday, October 28, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
     Tuesday, November 1, from 6-7 p.m.