Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement and Stadium Renovation Project
Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara, CA
Transforming a Historic (100-Year-Old) Stadium into a 21st Century Athletic Facility
Built in 1924 with the help of private funds, Peabody Stadium has been a fixture of Santa Barbara High School for almost 100 years and has remained largely unchanged in that time. In more recent times the field has mostly served as the home field for the soccer and football teams. The track, an outdated asphalt material, is unusable for running, and the field still consisting of natural grass requires frequent watering and is reseeded every year. With the help of the Foundation of SBHS, local Bond measures and State funding, KBZ is modernizing the 100-year-old stadium into a 21st Century Athletic Facility.
The transformation consists of:
• A new 2,300 seat concrete grandstand with a press box that will bring the old facility into compliance with current regulatory codes.
• Because of the bowl like setting, several new retaining walls are being added to expand the playfield and track areas.
• The new landscaping is playing a critical role in the overall renovation and plant material has been carefully selected for durability and compatibility with our local climate. Several trees are being added to the site to support the park like setting of the athletic facility.
• Expanding the athletic sports field to create a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) regulation track and artificial turf field to support competitive athletic events and enhance the use of the facility by Santa Barbara High School and the Santa Barbara community.
• Modernizing and replacing the athletic sound and lighting systems for energy efficiency and mitigating impacts to areas outside of the stadium.