Out With The Old...
The benches are worn, stadium lights on their last lightbulb, and the track is worn like cardboard.
"Sometimes I was like 'Wow, this is going to crumble underneath my feet,'" said junior Isabella Braganza.
After more than two years of planning and prepping, Zaepfel Stadium is finally getting a facelift.
"This won't be a complete renovation of Zaepfel Stadium," said construction and planning principal Jim Wright, "It's only the track, turf and lights."
The Yakima School District began tearing apart the track and field this past week -- crews will be out six days a week, updating the deteriorating facility.
At $4.5 million, the stadium will have it's field upgraded to real turf, much like the pros use, the track will be shifted west about ten feet, and the lights will be bright and new.
Once renovation wraps up, the stadium will continue to host track and field events, football games, community events, and finally soccer games.
"In the past, we haven't been able to play soccer at Zaepfel because of the size of the field," said Wright, "But with the remodel, we will not only do football, but soccer."
The stadium may be located next to Eisenhower High School, but it does serve as the district's primary stadium for both Davis and Ike's football and track meets.
However, Eisenhower students, who recently moved into a brand new building, say having a brand new-looking stadium to boot wouldn't be so bad.
"Having something pretty to look at kind of encourages you to go 'yeah, cheering,'" said Braganza, "It's cool."
Construction is expected to wrap up in the fall, both Eisenhower and Davis football games will be played away at other stadiums until Zaepfel is ready to open.