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Eisenhower High School Construction Turns to Sports Fields

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Construction at Eisenhower High School is starting up again. This time, crews are building and renovating the athletic facilities. Construction at Eisenhower High School is starting up again. This time, crews are building and renovating the athletic facilities.
YAKIMA, WA - Construction at Eisenhower High School is starting up again. This time, crews are building and renovating the athletic facilities.

Construction is finished on the new Eisenhower High School building. Now two separate projects are underway to create brand new athletic facilities.

Out with the old, in with the new. It seems to be the mantra for Eisenhower High school and now it applies to the football field and track.  
"It was due to be totally replaced," Jim Wright of the Yakima School District said.

Crews spent the day ripping up the old track at Zaepfel Stadium, beginning a $4.5 million project. After more than a year of negotiation and debate, the school district is ready for the work to begin.

"I'm happy that this project is finally getting going," Wright said. "There's been a lot of public interest about this, the community has been wanting this to happen and it's finally taking place."

And the students are ready too.

"What are you excited for?" we asked.

"New experience," Luz Andrade said. "Everyone is going to have a new experience on the track. Even the football games, it will just be a whole new experience."

The football field isn't the only project for the summer. This empty area where the old high school used to be will transform into fields for every other sport you can think of. This area will be the baseball and softball fields. Here, soccer. And this will be the new tennis courts. 
"It will just be a completed package," Wright said. "Getting toward a facility that Yakima deserves."

These new state of art facilities will make arguably one of the nicer high schools in Central Washington even better. 
"We're not done yet," Wright said.

Crews will be working here 10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. The plan is to have all the construction done by next fall. 
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