WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board voted 6-3 Tuesday night allowing a group to begin raising millions for a proposed Reynolds High School stadium.
The vote did not approve a plan just fundraising efforts for a stadium that has divide the West End neighborhood around Reynolds High School.
The group, Homefield Advantage, wants to build a football stadium on-campus next to Hanes Park in the West End neighborhood.
The football team currently shares a stadium with Parkland High School on West Clemmonsville Road.
“Do you have the courage to withstand pressure to cram a stadium into a space that it does not fit and a place that it does not belong?” asked West End resident Becky Gibson to the school board before the vote.
Gibson and many of her neighbors fear a stadium will increase traffic and lower property value in the neighborhood.
Stadium supporters believe it will add value to the school and the community.
“The benefits this gives us would extend to the pride that Reynolds athletes could feel at a home game,” said Reynolds student Chandler Borton.
The board’s approval comes with demands.
Homefield Advantage will be required to form a 501c3 and raise between six and seven million dollars to be placed in one account before the school board will take up the issue.
Once the money is raised the group can then present a stadium plan to the board.