- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City Public Schools board members are considering leasing the newly renovated C.B. Speegle Stadium at Capitol Hill High School to a semi-pro football team.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1ahwK0O ) reports the board met Monday to discuss the lease 2015 and 2016 seasons. The district currently leases the Taft Stadium to the Oklahoma City Energy FC, a professional soccer team.

Brian Kelly, who coached the semi-pro football team Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters, says that using the stadium would result in more revenue for the team. According to the proposed contract, the team could play up to 12 games and collect 85 percent of the net concession sales.

“Our number one goal is to provide a family-friendly atmosphere,” Kelly said. “It’s $10 to get in and kids 10 and under get in free. We’re trying to let people know we’ve got some outstanding football players and some quality entertainment.”

The football team played its home games last season at Putnam City Stadium.

The school district would collect $500 per game in rent and 15 percent of net concession sales from the stadium. The district would also pay Fields and Futures $1.50 per ticket sold against the base rent, for a maximum of $4,500 per game. Fields & Futures is a nonprofit organization that helps fund the overhaul of playing fields in the Oklahoma City Public Schools district.

“I think it’s wonderful to use these stadiums to the advantage of the neighborhood and everyone concerned,” school board Chairman Lynne Hardin said Friday. “These are facilities that the taxpayers are paying for, and if we can enhance sports for all the residents, that’s a good thing.”


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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