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New Hope-Solebury plans future stadium facility


The New Hope-Solebury School District is exploring options for a stadium facility
As the installation of its new track and turf field nears completion, New Hope-Solebury continues to look forward. The community has been considering a stadium facility concept for nearly 20 years, and with the recent improvements, the momentum to realize this vision is building.
The first phase of the district’s athletics revitalization project included a $1.6M investment to install a new track, turf field, and concrete walkways. The renovations address critical safety concerns with the track surface and improve field accessibility.
“The significant improvements to our Field 2 have been a long time coming,” said Kris Foulke, director of Athletics. “These improvements were desperately needed.”

There are basic improvements needed, including a sound system with clear audio for spectators, targeted LED lighting to reduce light pollution, and accessible restrooms. With the recent revision of its 10-year Facilities Plan, the school board has allocated $1.1M in public funds to address these aspects of the project.
However, the district administration also sees an opportunity to create a cohesive, enclosed stadium complex with training rooms, a concession stand with refrigeration and water access, and a multi-purpose gathering space for a total estimated cost of $3.5 million.

“We are still in the beginning phases of this, but we are fortunate that generous members of our community have expressed interest in exploring philanthropic contributions to make this project not just necessary, but inspiring,” said Superintendent Charles Lentz. “We feel it is important to clarify for residents of our community that we plan to seek private donations for this project. While there is an intention to address the most pressing concerns with public funds, a larger, more extensive version of this project will not come to fruition without an investment from committed individuals and organizations in the private sector.”
“A stadium can be a place to gather and connect in support of our students, which is deeply relevant after two years of the pandemic,” explained Deirdre Alderfer, chair of the facilities committee and school board member. “When we as a school board are presented with the chance to approach a transformative project in both a fiscally responsible, and yet also an aspirational way, we are compelled to consider all options available to us.”