SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The delays are over, it's time to start digging at Santa Barbara High School's Peabody Stadium.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held by school officials as work is set to begin to renovate the nearly 100-year old stadium that was built in 1924.
It took about seven years to get to this point but the stadium will be getting a new track, an artificial playing surface along with a new grandstand and press box. Sound and lighting systems will be modernized and two failing storm drain conduits will be replaced.
The work is scheduled to be completed by April of 2019. The price tag is well over 30 million dollars and will be paid for mostly through bond measures and private donations.
The 2018 class will graduate at the Santa Barbara Bowl and the 2019 class is expected to graduate in the new Peabody Stadium.
The Dons football team will play the next two seasons at Santa Barbara City College.