New Stands Mean Easier Access For Fans


Access to Payson High School football field should be much more fan friendly this season.

According to PHS athletic director Dave Bradley, the relocation of the home team stands from the north side of the field to the south will mean fans now have two entrances and two parking lots to chose from.

That, he added, will speed up entering and exiting the field during busy Friday nights.

Fans may now park in the lot just north of the field or the one on the west side of the stadium adjacent to the baseball field.

Entrances will also be on the north and west sides of the field, where a new gate will be installed.

Late last week, construction crews finished moving the stands to the south side, where a retaining wall had been constructed between the track surrounding the field and Wilson Dome.

Moving the bleachers is a part of the Stadium Improvement Project that also includes construction of an all-weather running surface on the track.

Several weeks ago, the school received a $150,000 gift from the Tonto Apaches that is to be used to replace the dirt track with a state-of-the-art surface.

Credit for Kids tax donations also are helping fund the project that has been ongoing the past several years.

This year, the Longhorn schedule includes four home games.

They are: Sept 14 (against Holbrook), Sept. 21 (against Tuba City), Sept 28 (against Snowflake) and Oct. 8 (against Round Valley).

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