MUSCATINE, Iowa–For the past several years, the Muscatine High School athletic program has had plans in the works for upgrading Muscatine Community Stadium. Now, Activities and Athletic Director Tom Ulses looks forward to unveiling those plans at the We Are One Campaign Kickoff on Jan. 15 at 7:30 a.m.
According to Ulses, previous athletic department staff worked with Muscatine Community School District two years ago to identify what upgrades Muscatine Community Stadium needed. At 35 years old, Muscatine’s stadium stands out as the oldest in the region. After delineating necessary improvements, over the course of the next year, the District looked at their budget and outlined what renovations they could fund and where they would need money from outside donors. Using this information, Ulses and others created the We Are One Campaign to highlight these needs for the community, fundraise for them, and ultimately bring them to completion.
The We Are One Campaign will focus on upgrading Muscatine Community Stadium and creating a funding reserve for future projects. Most importantly, the We Are One Campaign will fund installing a turf field in the stadium. Currently, all of Muscatine’s youth, middle, and high school football games happen on the field. The Mighty Muskies Marching Band also uses it for competitions, and the track and field team utilize it for their events. All this wear makes maintaining prime condition nearly impossible. Installing a turf field will reduce the amount of maintenance needed and keep the surface safe and usable.
Along with replacing the field surface, the We Are One Campaign will also replace the scoreboard with a video board providing a clearer, more engaging way for fans to get the score. Having a video scoreboard will also allow learning opportunities for students interested in programming and maintaining it.
Finally, the We Are One Campaign looks to start a cash reserve for the athletic department to fund future improvements. By having seed money on hand, Ulses believes new projects will gain traction more quickly and require fewer fundraising efforts to complete.
Overall, the We Are One Campaign seeks to raise $2.5 million. $1.2 million will go to purchasing and installing turf, $225 thousand will go to the new video board, and the remainder will go towards future maintenance and update projects. If the We Are One Campaign raises these funds in a timely manner, Ulses believes the new turf will get installed in the summer of 2021 and the new video board scoreboard will go up in 2022.
As the We Are One Campaign kicks off, Ulses looks forward to garnering wide community support for a project that will benefit many youths and their families throughout the city. “The name of our stadium is Muscatine Community Stadium, and it represents us and our community,” emphasized Ulses. “It’s a great gathering place for all ages and it’s a true unifier in our community.” Ulses encourages you to attend the kickoff at the Van Hecke Center yourself or watch at https://www.facebook.com/discovermuscatine/.