As part of a $97.9 million bond issue, West Ottawa Public Schools was looking to create a unique stadium complex for West Michigan with premier facilities for each West Ottawa sport. The district was experiencing capacity issues and programming limitations in the existing Panther Stadium, located at the middle school and the oldest non-renovated facility in the district.
The new stadium complex will be located near the West Ottawa High School North campus and will provide an intimate athletics spectator experience with the capability to host multiple events simultaneously. Featuring two synthetic turf field and both large and small venues, weather will no longer affect the fields and interrupt the game. An 18x30-foot video board at the football field creates an exciting, professional game experience for players and fans alike, as does a central tunnel beneath the grandstands for the home team to enter the field to cheering fans. The north end zone of the football field will have a dedicated section of bleachers for the band, and by removing a track from around the main field, fans will be closer to the action for a more intimate spectator experience. Adding elevated fan experiences, such as a concourse level between the upper and lower sections of the home stands, bigger bleachers, and nicer concession stands and restrooms, establishes a venue for multiple sports and attracts the entire community to utilize the facility.