Tomball ISD delays opening of district stadium

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new district complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway in late May. This complex will house a district stadium and community center, a junior high school, an elementary school, and water and wastewater treatment plants. (Rendering courtesy Tomball ISD)
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new district complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway in late May. This complex will house a district stadium and community center, a junior high school, an elementary school, and water and wastewater treatment plants. (Rendering courtesy Tomball ISD)

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new district complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway in late May. This complex will house a district stadium and community center, a junior high school, an elementary school, and water and wastewater treatment plants. (Rendering courtesy Tomball ISD)

An August opening for the Tomball ISD district stadium and community center has been postponed, as district officials announced construction delays in a Sept. 20 letter to parents. An updated opening date has not been announced.

The new 10,000-seat district stadium and community center, funded by a $275 million bond referendum voters approved in November 2017, is planned for the district complex underway at Cypress-Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway, which will also feature a new elementary school, a new junior high school, and wastewater and water treatment plants. The total of all costs related to the new stadium and community center is $48.5 million, according to information from the Nov. 12 board of trustees meeting.

“Original plans from architects and contractors projected a timeline and opening date of August 2020, just in time for the first game of the 2020 football season,” Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said in a letter to parents Sept. 20. “Unfortunately, construction delays do occur, in particular for major projects like our stadium and community center.”

Salazar-Zamora said in the letter the district is uncertain of when an updated opening date for the stadium and community center will be announced. Delays stem from difficulties in obtaining land access and construction permits from Harris County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to the letter.

“We are working tirelessly to push this project through to the next stages of construction,” Salazar-Zamora said in the letter. “We are extremely excited about the new stadium and community center and know it will be well worth the wait.”


Located in the same complex, the new elementary school is slated to open in August 2020 with the new junior high school slated to open in August 2021, a delay from the original timeline of August 2020, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

During a special meeting Nov. 11, the board of trustees discussed naming the new elementary and junior high schools as well as the community center and district stadium. However, no names were decided at the meeting, said Allison Suarez, director of communications and marketing.
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By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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