Hutto Memorial Stadium Construction Delayed Due to Spring Rains
Due to unexpected delays caused by record rainfall and an unprecedented winter storm, Hutto ISD has been informed by its general contractor that renovations to Hutto Memorial Stadium will not be completed before the start of the 2021 football season.
The most significant delay is in the construction of the stands on the home side. Excessive wet grounds prevented the pouring of deep concrete piers that serve as the foundational support of the stands. Joeris General Contractors estimates they lost more than 30 days of construction due to the weather conditions.
At this time, the contractor believes Hutto will be able to play its scheduled fourth home game (October 15, Homecoming) in the renovated stadium.
The Hippos have moved their first home game against College Station to Thursday, August 26, to The Pfield in Pflugerville. That game was originally scheduled for August 27.
The September 10 home game against Temple has been rescheduled for Temple’s stadium on the same date.
The September 17 game with Westwood has been moved to Thursday, Sept 16, at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (“The Palace”) in Round Rock.
“While we are disappointed we cannot play a full varsity season at Hutto Memorial Stadium, we are happy we don't have to move our freshman and JV games to other venues also. We were proactive and started working on a backup plan around spring break, and have been in constant contact with Georgetown ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, Taylor, and others to ensure we had venues to play varsity football for our athletes, band, hi-steppers, cheerleaders, and of course, for the best fans in Texas,” said Head Coach and Athletic Director Brad LaPlante.
Hutto’s sub-varsity games should be played as scheduled at Hutto Memorial Stadium, with all fans using the visitor side stands.
"Although we are disappointed with construction delays due to unseasonable weather conditions, we remain very confident in our contractors and our architects and their ability to deliver a quality project for our student-athletes, our HHS student body, and our Hippo Nation community,” said Henry Gideon, Assistant Superintendent of Operations. “The key right now is to make up time as we enter into a dryer period and to ensure the construction site is safe to access for all concerned. While construction will be ongoing, we anticipate having full use of the track and turf, and we have plans in place to have our visitor section completed so that sub-varsity games can proceed as scheduled on the athletic calendar."
The district hopes to finalize the final game schedule before August 15 and will then communicate ticket information.
“Joeris and VLK Architects have been first class throughout our weather challenges that started in February. We and they want an awesome, safe, environment that will be great for our community for years to come,” said LaPlante.