KINGSTON, N.Y. — Kingston High School varsity football home games in 2023 will be played at Rondout Valley High School to accommodate Dietz Stadium renovations.
During a Board of Education meeting last week, Athletic Director Richard Silverstein said all other teams will play at facilities operated by the district.
“We do not have the stadium for our athletic teams for this upcoming spring season and the following fall season,” he said. “All of our fields are (on) grass … for the next 15 to 18 months.”
The varsity football games will be on Saturday afternoon, with district officials not expecting to have a junior varsity program for a second straight year.
“We did not run JV football this year,” Silverstein said. “We chose to run two modified football teams, and our plan for next year is to do the same. … Those will both be at Miller (Middle School), which is home base for those two teams, and varsity will be practicing on our high school campus.”
The only other remote athletic event will be a track and field invitational meet that attracts about 30 schools.
“It is a very large fundraiser,” Silverstein said. “FDR High School in Hyde Park has offered to let us use their property on a Saturday to be able to host that event. So we’re going to try to stay with some of our traditions.”
Under the plan. lacrosse will also be moved to fields at Miller while track and field will be at Chambers Elementary School. Soccer and field hockey will have games and practices at both sites.
Officials said the disruption to the elementary school will be minimal because the practices and games won’t begin until after students have left the building.
“All athletics … begin at 3:30 (p.m.),” Silverstein said. “I do not want the elementary students to intermix with high school- or middle school-aged kids.”
Renovations at the stadium are being funded using $2.5 million from the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative program awarded in 2017, $13.4 million approved by the city Common Council in September 2021, and $300,000 from the city Dietz Stadium Capital Reserve Fund. The school district is required under an ownership agreement to pay for half of the cost but information on that amount has not been made public.
Work is planned to include new stands, press box, locker rooms, turf, parking lot, fencing, concession area, scoreboard, and basketball court as well as electrical improvements