Renovations to Oklahoma City’s Taft Stadium underway

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A lot has changed at Taft Stadium since the days of car racing in the 1950s.

Now, a $12.5 million renovation is underway to make it not only a great facility for Oklahoma City Schools, but it will also be the home of "The Energy FC"... Oklahoma City's professional soccer team.

"One of our number one feedback items when we were at McGuinness last year was there just wasn't enough chair back seating," says Jason Hawkins, general manager of Energy, FC.

There will be a special family section, corporate area, and a spot for the uber fans.

"We also provide field side seating so while you can't see it here we have seating that wraps around the field where you can actually sit field level and be only 10 to 12 yards off of the field."

One of the pieces still standing of the old Taft Stadium is this wall built in the early 1930s. It's an important part of the stadium's past and its future.

Building a stadium is one thing.

Making sure it's maintained is another. With that in mind, $2 from every ticket sold will be set aside for future repairs and improvements to other fields, part of a program called "Fields and Futures."

Hawkins says, "It's really exciting for us from a community standpoint, because we believe professional athletics can be used to really give back."

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