SD25 to make use of hybrid mannequin for soccer video games, play outdoors in faculties and inside at Holt | Native
POCATELLO – After School District 25 played high school football outside of Idaho State University’s Holt Arena for the first time in decades last year, this fall will use a hybrid model, with Century, Pocatello and Highland starting their seasons in their own stadiums Relocation to the arched Holt Arena during the colder months.
That decision seemed to be in the air after the 2020 soccer campaign. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISU did not allow local high schools to play football at the Holt Arena, causing the three high schools in Pocatello to seek football accommodation on Friday night.
As the Idaho State Journal noted in its three-part Fields of Change series, 2020 proved that School District 25 was too dependent on the Holt Arena without upgrading its own football facilities. That slowed the pandemic.
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But the highland, Century, and Pocatello high school officials and coaches valued and appreciated playing football games on their own campus – or, in the case of Pocatello High School, at the Highlands Iron Horse Stadium – and the extra money these high school games bring School brought in sports departments through admissions and concession dollars was an added bonus.
Playing soccer at the Holt Arena on ISU’s Pocatello campus often turned out to be a money loser for School District 25 high schools as they had to pay to use the facility.
Shortly after the high school football season ended, District 25 announced a five-year, $ 5 million project to provide fully functional football facilities with lighting, bleachers, locker rooms, concession stands, toilets, press boxes, and turf fields before the start of the 2021 season Century, Highland and Hawthorne Middle School – where Pocatello will play.
It was good news that came with an interesting question: Was this the end of the local high schools that played at Holt Arena?
For now, at least, the answer is no.
Century Athletic Director Mark Pixton said the Diamondbacks college squad will play their first two home games at Century before joining Holt when the weather changes.
The Iron Horse Stadium will host the first three home games of Highland and due to the schedule, the Rams will not host a competition in Holt until October 22nd.
In the meantime, Pocatello will only have one non-Holt home game before playing in Highland at the Holt Arena on September 17th. Pocatello High School football coach Dave Spillett said he was told, “Hawthorne will be ready in time for us to play our only outdoor game.” on September 10th.
On further updates on the district’s sports facilities, District 25 spokeswoman Courtney Fisher said Thursday that the district would “have more updates to share after Tuesday.”
However, these updates are unlikely to include long term agreements with Holt Arena. ISU Sports Director Pauline Thiros, reached by phone last week, admitted she hadn’t heard a “tone” from School District 25 regarding its future plans to schedule high school football games in Holt.
Regardless, Thiros said, ISU is still ready to work with District 25 on the future use of Holt by Highland, Century and Pocatello high schools.
“That is not financially important for us,” said Thiros. “We just want to be a good community partner and give the students the opportunity to play in Holt. With us everything is good that works. “