The Jasper Bulldogs will retire the Alamo at homecoming on September 30, before moving into their brand new stadium on the high school’s campus.
Few fields across the nation have more tradition than “The Alamo” in Jasper.
A historic Texas football fixture, that has been the gathering place of Jasper fans of Friday nights since the post- World War One era.
“As we were little, we watched a lot of people play on it,” Jatorrian Simmons, senior defensive lineman said. “I feel like it's going to be sad to not play there anymore but you have to start new and be fresh.”
A new roughly $8.5 million stadium for a new generation of players.
“I've been waiting on it since we first got it,” Sabian Bluitt, senior offensive lineman said. “We've been practicing on it every day and it feels right playing on it. I'm anxious to get the stadium built and get on the field.”
For a community that’s developed deep roots in the game of football and the home town stadium.
“It's a tremendous historic monument,” LeQuin Hilderbrand said. “You didn’t live, function or work around Jasper I-S-D without a tie to the stadium.”
A move that will place home games on school grounds and provide better bathrooms concession facilities for fans. At the expense of decades of tradition and a few turf burns.
A new home the players and school administrators will cherish for decades to come.
The Bulldogs will play their first home game on their new field on October 21.
District leaders say "The Alamo" will not be demolished.
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