District to build third activity complex

Plans to upgrade the activity complex at Blue Valley West means fewer scheduling conflicts for varsity football teams.


Marissa Jacobs

Juniors Ryan Callahan (12) and Nick Schwarz (22) combine to tackle a BVW player in the game against Blue Valley West on Friday Oct. 5 at the DAC. The Huskies were defeated by the Jaguars, 41-21.

Jenna Weyforth, Chief Writer

Blue Valley West’s current activities complex is set to be upgraded in August, and BVNW will soon no longer have to share the DAC with both BVN and BVW. 

Executive Director of School Administration David Stubblefield said having a third activity complex in the district, which will be ready in August 2021, will allow two schools to share two activity complexes, instead of previously having three schools sharing one.

“When you have three schools [sharing an activity complex], clearly that limits opportunities for schools,” Stubblefield said. “I would say one of the biggest drawbacks to that came with scheduling football games. We were seeing more and more where we would have to have schools playing on Thursday instead of Friday.”

With school or work the next day, Stubblefield said Thursday night varsity games are not favorable for students or staff. Stubblefield also challenged schools outside the district to participate in eliminating those Thursday games.

“Many areas of your school are affected. You have band, cheerleaders, dance team, and people that have to work the game,” Stubblefield said.

The third complex had always been in the plans for the district, Stubblefield said, but the issues with scheduling for three schools in one complex became more apparent when BVSW joined the mix 10 years ago. In addition, Stubblefield said adding a new facility will benefit not only the schools, but also the community with opening up more scheduling time.

“There won’t be any conflicts with what’s going on at Northwest, so now you’ll have more opportunities for students to participate in not only those Friday night games, but also you won’t engage in any scheduling conflicts with the other schools,” Stubblefield said.

Since the new complex is part is part of the $187 capital outlay dollars voted on and approved in January, Stubblefield said there will be no extra cost for district families.