Gonzales track and field
Members of the Fairview Middle School track and field team, along with athletic director William Starling and head coach Wendy Brule, pose for one final shot on the dirt track at Dick Force Stadium in Gonzales during a meet May 15 between local schools. (Michael Ramirez)

GONZALES — Gonzales Unified School District came to an agreement on May 14 with Tombleson Inc. of Salinas for the construction of the Gonzales Stadium Track and Field Improvement Project at Dick Force Stadium.

The work on the project will begin on Monday, June 10.

Gonzales track medal winner
Breydan Botello of Main Street Middle School in Soledad scorched the dirt track at the Fairview Middle School track meet last week, winning four first-place medals in the sprint events. (Michael Ramirez)

The project had been delayed a few times, but with the bidding process over, the work will start on renovation of a new eight-lane, all-weather track surface and a turf field, where the Gonzales High School Spartans football and soccer teams will have a new playing field to call home.

The stadium will be upgraded per the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) with wheelchair seating, a revamping of structures and accessible routes entering and exiting Dick Force Stadium.

The current stadium first opened in 1966 on Del Monte Drive. Previous to that, the high school’s football games and track meets took place at the school site on Fifth Street.

“There were a few delays to get this project going, but now that the agreement is signed, the work will begin,” said GUSD Board President Araceli Flores. “We are hoping that when the project is complete, we can host soccer games and track meets and then have the 2025 graduation at the stadium. By next fall, the football games return to Gonzales on the new facility.”

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