Community meeting

Community meeting unveils Mesa Verde High School stadium plans

An image posted on the school district’s website shows what a new stadium will look like at Mesa Verde High School. // Image source:

By Mike Hazlip—
Staff at Mesa Verde High School took questions from residents Thursday night and presented plans for a new state-of-the-art stadium at the school.

About 30 people, including several city council members, attended the April 7 meeting held in the performing arts building as school administrators and construction officials presented plans for a new stadium .

San Juan Unified School District Facilities Director Nicholas Arps thanked taxpayers for passing the bond measure that helped fund projects. The money from the measure went to schools in the district, where each campus was allowed a “signature draft,” according to the records.

Mesa Verde’s flagship project for a stadium has not changed since a master plan was completed in 2014, Arps said. The school currently uses a football pitch and a dirt road that has been in place for over 40 years.

Mesa Verde Director Jennifer Peterson said the project will benefit the community as well as Mesa Verde students.

“That’s quite the effort that our campus will be going through for the next year,” she said. “We are beyond thrilled for our school and our community.”

The stadium should feature a synthetic running track and football pitch with advanced lighting to limit glare. Plans also include a press room, concession stands, ticket office, restrooms and expanded parking.

Representatives from Verde Design were on hand to address concerns from community members after the program. Community members’ concerns included lighting, noise and increased traffic.

Arps said the district hopes to have a first move this spring with a completion date set for fall 2023.

More details and information about the meeting’s Q&A session will be included in Midweek’s upcoming April 14 edition of The Sentinel.