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 is located near the West Ottawa High School North campus and provides an intimate athletics spectator experience with the capability to host multiple events simultaneously. Featuring two synthetic turf fields and both large and small venues, weather no longer affects the fields and interrupts 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 has a dedicated section of bleachers for the band, and by removing a track from around the main field, fans are 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.
West Ottawa New Athletic Complex
This facility allows our students the opportunity to play in one of the premier complexes in the state of Michigan. We have seen continued interest in lacrosse, football, and soccer, and this complex will be utilized by our community youth from elementary age to high school student-athletes.Jeffrey Malloch, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services