LA FERIA — An afternoon tailgate party with barbecues filled the parking lot of La Feria High School.
The La Feria school district this week celebrated its football team being undefeated but also inaugurated its newly renovated football stadium.
The $1.587 million renovation included a refurbished track and the addition of artificial turf, said Ida Prado, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator.
“We are very excited for this new stadium, and we are also very proud and happy for the accomplishments of our athletes,” Prado said.
Prado said the school board is looking into getting a new scoreboard.
The tailgate celebration included board members and Superintendent Cathy Hernandez.
Athletic Director Oscar Salinas gave a celebratory speech and congratulated the student athletes who will soon use the field.
“The new field cost $1.587 million and to my understanding our school board was able to get it through our regular school budget,” Salinas said.
Hernandez also confirmed the expenses were paid through the budget.
“We changed the budget year and through budget savings and being strategic,” Hernandez said.
Salinas said the track and field area had not been retouched nor had work been done on it since 1996.
“We are happy and excited our school board and superintendent were able to get this for our kids,” Salinas said.
“They are the ones who will get to use it and we are grateful,” he said.