Republic’s R-3’s Price Field decommissioned, demolished

Price Field, where Republic played high school football until 1999, is being decommissioned, and the stadium and stands are now demolished. Josey McPhail, the district’s director of communications, said the stadium was being removed because it could no longer be safely used.
“Price Field is being decommissioned because the stadium was in dire need of structural and electrical updates due to safety reasons,” she said. “Thanks to our community, we were able to instead use those funds to assist with the construction of the new Tiger Stadium at Republic High School. This also allowed for Republic Middle School games and activities to be moved to the field at that building.”
The demolition of the stadium began on Monday, Jan. 14, and McPhail said the contractor for the demolition has 180 days to complete the work, though at the Republic School Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, Superintendent of School Dr. Chance Wistrom said he believed the demolition would be finished much earlier.
McPhail said that after the demolition is complete, the area will be used as a green space for Price Elementary School, and “is being considered as a site to fulfill future district facility needs.”
The football stadium at Price Field was built in 1974 and served as the stadium for the RHS Tigers for 25 years. The middle school football team used it as a football stadium until 2017. The stadium saw quite a bit of local football history made in its day.
“There were 13 conference titles won on the field, 10 district championships and three state quarterfinal appearances,” McPhail said.


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