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South Billings potential site for high school stadium

Posted at 10:36 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 00:36:11-05

A possible high school stadium proposal has emerged after Yellowstone County commissioners decided this week that it would not be included in a MetraPark master plan.

A piece of land next to Amend Park and across South Billings Boulevard from Newman Elementary School could be the site of a sports complex.

That complex, if approved by the city and school district, would include a stadium for football, soccer and track and field, along with basketball courts.

It's in the beginning stages and the South Billings Urban Renewal Association (SBURA) will look at proposing it to the Billings City Council.

This could be a joint project with the city and School District 2.

Superintendent Greg Upham said collaboration allows a sharing of costs.

"Why pay for one project here in one project here if we could combine that (and) save the taxpayers money on the end," Upham said.

"What we are considering is the viability of putting the stadium on the 10 acres plus (on) the other city on property that is adjacent to a main park, as a way to enhance the sports venues in the city, and as an attraction for economic development in the city," said Mike Mayott, SBURA board member.

Mayott said the SBURA will talk about the proposal at its next meeting in January.

Mayott is also on the Metrapark Advisory Board and executive director of the Amend Park Development Council.