Freedom Field making progress

MANVEL — The Alvin ISD Board of Trustees voted to name the new football stadium "Freedom Field."

Located at Iowa Colony Boulevard and County Road 65 in the Meridiana development, the $41.4 million structure is slated to open in the summer of 2018.

The artificial turf stadium will hold a seating capacity of 10,250 with the ability to expand to 12,000 in the future, if needed, while also offering a parking space for every four seats in the stadium.

"With the growth and future development of Alvin ISD, a stadium of this size and capacity is going to be essential for serving those UIL programs like football, soccer and band that need a 21st century stadium," said Patrick Miller, Alvin ISD's associate superintendent of student learning environment, "The 4 to 1 parking space ratio is also a good quantity that exceeds most stadiums."

The stadium wasn't the only structure that received a new name at the board meeting. The athletic complex, which includes a field house, athletic offices and locker rooms will be called the Alvin ISD Heritage Complex, while the 500-seat alumni center's new name of Liberty Alumni Hall was approved and the field house will be called Legacy House.

Construction is also nearly complete on Phase 1 of improvements to Alvin Memorial Stadium, which features a newly built press box and upgrades in lighting.