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

Kevin Green/Longview News-Journal
Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 8:03pm

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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