A training ground being built for students at Wiley Middle School and Reynolds High School could see upgrades such as bleachers, toilets and a staged press box as part of an amended deal on which the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School Board is likely to vote. next week.
The training ground, which should be ready next summer, is adjacent to Hanes Park and has been identified as the possible site for a new football stadium for Reynolds.
A school board committee on Tuesday recommended that school officials change the district’s existing agreement with Home Field Advantage, a non-profit group that has pledged to raise funds for a new stadium. The existing agreement, signed in 2018, provided that the school board would not approve construction of the stadium until Home Field Advantage obtained money to cover the costs of the stadium.
According to Colon Moore, director of facilities planning and construction for the school district, Home Field Advantage has asked to amend the agreement to allow for phased construction projects on the training ground. The first phase would be a storm water management system, an artificial surface for the training ground and improvements to Hanes Park Road, which is inside the park.
The second phase would include items such as retaining walls, bleachers for the house and visitors, a concession stand and washrooms. None of the phases included the construction of a stadium.