By Wayne Crick
It’s been a long time since any major work has been done to Olathe High School’s Wilson Field, home of the Olathe Pirates’ football and track teams. The field was constructed in 1971 with the only renovations coming with new aluminum visitor bleachers three years ago, a couple of scoreboards throughout the years and an added observation deck to the press box nearly 10 years ago.
“We are really excited about the construction and improvements to Wilson Field here in Olathe,” said Olathe High School athletic director Joe Archuleta.
The track surrounding the football field has remained a dirt oval since 1971 with Olathe never having had the opportunity to host high school track meets for the past 12-15 years, and with NFHS and CHSAA rules, has not hosted any type of state qualifying event. All that could change in the near future with the construction of a new track and field facility to go with the football field.
The current project includes post-tension and an all weather track; storm and irrigation water management; a new high jump pad; long and triple jump runways and pits; football field goal posts; aluminum home stands and viewing platforms; a new press box and filmin deck; a concession area; a gatekeeper’s area; a storage area; restrooms; fencing and ADA compliance.
According to Archuleta, the project has been in development for almost two years with the actual construction beginning in January 2020. If all goes accordingly, the new Wilson Field will be completed sometime in August of this year with a goal of being ready for the 2020 football season.
“Our staff, kids and community are truly excited about this project as OHS has had one of the last dirt tracks at the 3A level,” said Archuleta.
Archuleta notes the completion of the concession, entrance area and bathrooms have been upgraded due to many “in kind” and sponsor donations from families and businesses in the Montrose/Delta/Olathe areas. Anyone interested in sponsoring with donations are asked to contact Archuleta at 970-209-7652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are four sponsorship levels available; Platinum $2,000+, Gold $1,500, Blue $1,000 and White $500.