Dick Bivins Stadium
800 S. Marrs - Amarillo, TX 79104
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Dick Bivins Stadium is the home stadium of the Amarillo Independent School District.
The stadium opened in 1950 and has a seating capacity of 15,000. Terraced-seating aluminum bleachers in 41 rows on both the east and west grandstands look down on a playing field that is below ground level. The west grand stand situated immediately below the press box is the designated home side. On June 1, 1998, the Amarillo Independent School District installed first-generation FieldTurf, replacing the original 48-year old natural grass playing surface. This was the first FieldTurf installation in any American football venue in the world. New sixth-generation FieldTurf was installed on the field during the fall of 2008.
In 2005, the stadium underwent a multi-million dollar renovation which included a new state-of-the-art multi-level press box pre-wired for wireless (WI-FI) broadband internet access, closed-circuit/satellite television, a sideline to press box wireless (WI-FI) intercom system, hi-fidelity "crowd ambient sound" wide-range audio microphones and a multi-angle, panoramic exterior-mounted high definition video camera array. Additional press box features included modern work spaces for print journalists, sound-proof radio broadcasting booths for home and visitor radio stations, television broadcasters, public address announcers, scouts, administration, home and visiting coaches. Video operators record the games via a covered outdoor deck. Further improvements included two VIP suites with private restrooms, food preparation catering facilities, two pantry kitchens, new home and visitor locker rooms with shower facilities, coach offices/locker rooms and a fully-featured medical clinic. The south end zone features a new corporate-sponsored and cutting-edge electronic scoreboard featuring hi-fidelity multi-speaker surround sound audio and a high-definition large-format video display interfacing an in-house close-circuit television production studio capable of instant replay. Additional renovations included new public restrooms, new concession stands, new gated security parking for media and team vehicles, new handicap-accessible ramps, new elevator towers and additional handicap spectator seating making this public sports venue fully compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The Amarillo Relays is held each year at Dick Bivins Stadium. Track and field teams from across Texas travel to this event, which is considered one of the premier track meets in the state.
Dick Bivins Stadium is also the home field for all four AISD varsity soccer teams.
| Amarillo ISD Athletic Director Brad Thiessen pictured at Dick Bivins Stadium