Stadium upgrades help BV Bombers, Cavalry FC share the same field

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 6:24 PM CST
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Nutrabolt Stadium could get a million dollar makeover to prepare for both baseball and soccer this summer.

"Since day one we wanted to have Nutrabolt Stadium, formerly Travis Field, be the center of the community, from entertainment, from sports," said Uri Geva, the owner of the Brazos Valley Bombers and the new PDL team, Cavalry FC.

"It's a great team effort to bring this facility to a whole new level. It was built in 1947 and now, 70 years later, it's going to be one of the most pristine facilities in the whole community, if not in this whole region of the state,” Geva continued.

Geva said he is excited about switching from natural grass to a turf field, because turf is more sustainable. It can be used rain or shine. Geva says other sporting organizations in the area will be able to rent the facility for use.

"The experience that a fan has here, not just the fan amenities are great, but the playing surface and the facility will take a whole new level,” said Geva.

The change will allow the stadium to be used not only for baseball and soccer, but other sporting activities to meet the needs of the community. Geva says none of this would have been possible without the work of the City of Bryan's Park and Recreation Department.

"Everyone knows we're on a real tight time frame," said Darrell Lovelette, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bryan.

"Without the great cooperation across the board between Uri, and the city, and all city departments, because we're all involved in these permitting process and everything else that's going on, [it would be difficult] to get this through,” Lovelette said.

Areas for improvement include new lighting and grandstands, as well as the new field. The total cost is expected to be more than one million dollars.

"We're going into our 11th season as the Brazos Valley Bombers, and we just signed a 10 year extension of our lease. It shows our commitment to the community, it shows our commitment to this facility and to the City of Bryan,” said Geva.

All of these items are up for approval Tuesday night at the Bryan City Council meeting. If approved, stadium renovations could begin as early as next week.