Mustang Panther Stadium

Mustang Panther Stadium dates back to 1969. Over time, with age, wear and tear, the stadium received minor repairs and renovations.

In May 2016, voters approved the GCISD bond proposal, which allocated $6.78 million to cover stadium projects. These projects included concrete repairs and security upgrades.

To address accessibility concerns, a frequently out-of-service scoreboard, and more, the district used funds from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement.

When Mustang Panther Stadium (MPS) opens in Fall 2018 for the high school football season, fans, students, and community members will have a new game day experience as part of a stadium renovation.

Our school district is rich in tradition and excellence, so as part of the stadium renovation, we will honor the past while building for the future. The architecture of the redesigned Mustang Panther Stadium evokes a feeling of nostalgia with its brick exterior and high archways.

Renovated Stadium Features

  • Security upgrades including installing new and replacing old surveillance cameras (completed with 2016 Bond funds)
  • Repairs to spalling concrete (completed with 2016 Bond funds)
  • Drastically improved accessibility for all spectators by addressing the long walk to get to your seats
  • Walk of Honor to recognize notable alumni and staff from GCISD. A committee will be formed to help select and develop the GCISD Walk of Honor
  • Updated concession stands, restrooms, scoreboard, press box and spirit shops
  • New press box, complete with a renovated scoreboard with improved sound system and technology
  • Timeline/Spending

    The work will be completed between 2016-18 using funds the district received through a $26 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) payout resulting from the 1996 TIF agreement with the City of Grapevine to bring Grapevine Mills Mall to the area.

    “As a district, we are always looking for ways to continue to be fiscally responsible, whether through our annual budget, debt management or short and long term investments,” said DaiAnn Mooney, GCISD Chief Financial Officer. “Thanks to the foresight of previous district leaders, we are now able to benefit from these funds, while we continue to operate under a flawed public education funding system.”

    Approved by the GCISD Board of Trustees and the Grapevine City Council, the funds will be used by the district on renovations to Mustang Panther Stadium, joint-use educational facilities and the joint fiber project with the City of Grapevine.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a TIF and how does it work?

    A Tax Increment Financing (TIF) zone, aims to bring economic development and increase taxable values within a specified area or zone.In 1996, the district entered into an agreement with the City of Grapevine to bring Grapevine Mills Mall and other businesses to a piece of undeveloped land.

    Why was MPS chosen for the TIF funds?
    Receiving the TIF funds into the district's general fund would have made them subject to Robin Hood. In order to keep 100% of the TIF funds in GCISD, they must be used for capital improvements within the City of Grapevine. They also must be designated for a joint-use education facility and benefit the TIF zone. Trustees approved using the money on Mustang-Panther Stadium because it is a facility that benefits the entire community and district. In addition, the new press box will be available throughout the year to provide a much-needed space for special events, staff professional development, and other meetings.

    What work will be done on the visitor's side?
    The visitors side will undergo the concrete repairs as approved in the 2016 Bond, but at this time there are no funds for additional renovations of the visitors side. The district is hopeful that down the road slight modifications and renovations can be made to the visitors side so that it compliments the home side.

    What is the construction timeline?
    Construction on Mustang-Panther Stadium will be done in two phases. The first phase will repair the spalling concrete as approved in the 2016 Bond. The second phase will begin in the Fall of 2017 after the completion of football season. During the Spring of 2018, the district hopes to be able to still host regularly scheduled events at the stadium since there will be no work done on the field or the track.

    Will this renovation add more seating?
    The renovations on the stadium will require the reconfiguration of some seating areas; however, the seating capacity will not be increased with additional seating.