High school athletics have become big business. That’s why principals and athletic directors are seeking ways to either build new or remodel existing athletic venues. With funds limited in the school districts, the best return on investment oftentimes can run through the athletic program.
Athletics can motivate students to keep up their grades and help them learn to manage their time. Sporting events can unify a whole town to cheer for their home team. RKR has worked with dozens of schools throughout the southeast to build new facilities; however, we have recently noticed an increase in the number of stadiums and gymnasiums being requested.
“Sports is about developing a child,” said Nathan Hand, Alexander High School Principal. “It teaches them to better deal with adversity and learn to overcome obstacles. We felt we needed to have the best facilities in order to attract and keep the best coaches. Of course, coaches are important to the team, but they also great teachers who impact the school’s culture.”
Beyond impacting the morale of the school, athletics help the school’s bottom line.
“The wonderful new facility, along with a winning team, plays a dramatic role for the school,” said Hand. “The community wants to be part of it, which means more tickets sold and additional sponsors. This, in turn, not only helps keep the program afloat, it provides the student athletes the best equipment.”
The best coaches want to work at schools with the best facilities. So, it’s a positive cycle for the school, the coaches and the players. In fact, Marion County recently won the state championship in football in just their second year in their new stadium.