Fort Osage football season begins in a newly-renovated stadium

Jim Cunningham
August 24, 2018 - 6:07 am

Fort Osage High School


When the Fort Osage Indians take the field to face Raytown South to open the 2018 high school football season Friday night, they will show off a new stadium. 

The grass field has been replaced by synthetic turf. Fort Osage had been the last team in the Kansas City Metro to play on natural grass.  

"The turf out there is the latest and greatest," said activities director Ryan Schartz, who coached the Indians to the 2015 Missouri 5A Championship before stepping down. "It's fantastic."

The stadium also includes a new 8-lane track.

"We can put in for a district track meet now," Schartz said. "We have enough lanes, we have enough seating, we have the throwing and all the field events -- we can host that now."

Fort Osage is hosting district soccer this year for the first time.

The Fort Osage football complex was one of several capital improvements in a nearly $11.4 million, no tax increase bond issue approved by district voters last April. 

"We passed that with the highest percentage vote passage in our school's history," said Steve Morgan, assistant superintendent. "About 79 percent, so we can't be more excited about that."

Morgan called the community's support tremendous.

In addition to the new field at Fort Osage, there are new and renovated restrooms, an upgraded press box and concessions. New bleachers also have been installed, which provides seating for 800 more fans.

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