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Project could consolidate athletic fields at South Sioux High School

The Cardinal Athletic Complex in South Sioux City may soon begin to look a little bit different. The Cardinal Athletic Complex in South Sioux City may soon begin to look a little bit different.

If you want to go to a number of places in a short amount of time, it's always nice if they're all in the same spot.

That convenience could become a reality for South Sioux City High School athletics.

The Cardinal Athletic Complex in South Sioux City may soon begin to look a little bit different.

"With multiple activities going on at the same time on campus, our student bodies, our family, our community can watch several, different activities at different times and support all of the students," said Vernon Fisher, Superintendent.

That's just one potential benefit of the Cardinal Park project, which would create a new soccer field, baseball field, softball field, and more tennis courts for South Sioux City High School.

Right now, the high school plays its football, soccer, and part of its tennis matches on campus.

The rest of the tennis matches are held north of the school at the YMCA.

"Kids will then need to participate also away from campus down by the YMCA, and that separates our kids, it separates our families, but it also keeps our coaches on the run where they're not able to observe and monitor their kids at the same time," said Fisher.

Not to mention, students have to travel off-campus for softball and baseball games.

But if all those sports were held at the same spot, on campus, those we talked to say there would be big benefits.

"I think we might get a lot more students coming to the game because a lot of the students might not even know where our field is now," said Scott Manley, Senior.

"I think it'll definitely help out with having practices run more efficiently. And then the soccer boys, they'll be right next to us. We can watch right after track practice. We don't have to go drive five more minutes down to the river," said Morgan Hansen, Senior.

"A lot of times, our soccer and baseball are off-site. So if somebody gets hurt, more than likely they usually just go home. Where as, if they can come see me in the athletic training room, then we can kind of get a head start on the injury and get it treated the right way," said Mike Wright, High School Athletic Trainer.

And the school superintendent says the project would be done with sensitivity towards the rest of the community.

For instance this community playground area would remain and so would this walkway.

"There are some portions of our facility that we do not want to touch. We want in ensure that those are still available for our community," said Fisher.

A balancing act between the school's campus and the rest of South Sioux that the school's superintendent says is well worth the effort with an important goal in mind.

"Creating opportunities where our kids are on the same playing field with what students in other school districts have," said Fisher.

Phase one of the project involves a new soccer field, which would be ready for use at the beginning of the next school year.

The superintendent says funding for the 6-phase project would likely come from money that's already been set aside.

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