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Two High Schools with Shared Sports Stadium

The new, synthetic playing surface can withstand years of competitive play.

In 2011, the Ankeny Community School District opened the new Ankeny High School near SW Magazine Road and S Ankeny Boulevard. Two years later, the new Ankeny Centennial High School building was completed on NW State Street, completing the district’s move to a two-high school system. The former high school building would gain a second life as Northview Middle School and would maintain the home of the district’s football facility, Ankeny Stadium. Going forward, both high schools would share the stadium for football games and other activities.

Constructed in 1977, the stadium remained largely unchanged over the years. With the new demands of serving both high school football teams and the sheer growth of the community, however, the Snyder & Associates team was pegged in 2012 to design and oversee the installation of a competition-level synthetic turf field and bathroom facility upgrades at the stadium. Our team oversaw an aggressive construction schedule, and the infrastructure and synthetic turf field were constructed within 12 weeks, one week before the inaugural Ankeny versus Ankeny Centennial varsity football game.

With the two high school arrangements now firmly rooted in the Ankeny community, the school district’s field upgrades are regularly meeting the needs of the ever-increasing competition and the demands of a rapidly growing school system.