Reynolds stadium debate in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - People on both sides of the proposed Reynolds High School football stadium attended the Tuesday meeting of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools building and grounds committee. 

The committee heard the pros and cons of building a football stadium next to Hanes Park from the school system staff. 

Staff told the committee the planned 3,000 seat stadium would impact traffic in and around the site including the West End Neighborhood. 

Currently Reynolds shares the Deaton-Thompson Stadium with Parkland High School on Clemmonsville Road. 

"We need a good home for the kids so they aren't driving all over town for practice and especially for those kids that don't have transportation. Those kids aren't even able to play these sports," said resident Frank Johnson who supports the proposed site and believes it will help strengthen the community. 

"If we have the on campus stadium I can walk, I can go to a home game in my community," said Johnson

Other residents living around the proposed site say they are not against a new stadium, just the site location. 

"It’s going to have a huge impact on the site, the park and the neighborhoods," said John Coyne with Save Hanes Park who worries about the increase traffic on the neighborhood and park. 

"No matter how many parking spaces they provide people are going to take up parking that people who use the park will need.  It shuts other people out of the park when games are going on," said Coyne.

The stadium would be paid for with private funds. 

The school board hopes to make a decision on the site location after a public hearing in October.

To learn more about groups on both sides of the debate visit these websites: Reynolds Home Advantage and Save Hanes Park

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