SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Another setback for the Peabody Stadium Renovation project as all 19 bids submitted were rejected due to high costs at the May 9 Santa Barbara Unified School District board meeting.
The cheapest bid was over 30 million dollars which is over 10 million dollars more than what was approved to renovate the nearly 100-year old stadium at Santa Barbara High School.
Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka told KEYT Sports that they will expand their search for more bids in a few weeks and will reach out further into Southern California.
They will also be more flexible on their timeline as the project was hoping to work around graduations that take place at Peabody Stadium. The plan as of now is to hold June's graduation at Peabody Stadium but the 2018 graduation could take place at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
As for football, the current plan is to have the Dons play their 2017 home games at Santa Barbara City College.
They are now hoping to begin construction on Peabody Stadium by late summer if they can get a project bid at the right price.
The renovation project includes a synthetic surface track, a new grandstand, artificial turf and a new sound system.
The project was delayed in the past to raise additional funds in order to replace an underground drainage system at Peabody Stadium.