CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium
Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium, the District’s second stadium complex, was built to accommodate for the continued fast growth of the Bay Area region and support the many athletic and fine arts activities of CCISD’s five comprehensive high schools. Challenger Columbia Stadium was funded by the Bond 2013 Program, which was approved by 70% of voters in May 2013. The Bond 2013 Program was conceived by 30 community members who served on the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee in 2012 and was approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2013. The resulting $367 million Bond package, submitted to and approved by voters, addressed CCISD facilities, instructional technology, and co-curricular and extracurricular program needs of a fast growth district.
The losses of the space shuttle crews of Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003 dramatically impacted the Clear Creek ISD community. The crew members of 51-L and STS-107 were not only sons and daughters, fathers, mothers and friends - they were heroes and adventurers who embodied a spirit of curiosity and exploration.
The Clear Creek Independent School District is home to a community unified by that spirit of exploration, so when it was time to determine the name of the District's second stadium, on February 24, 2014, the Board of Trustees voted in favor of the community's recommendation for Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium to forever honor the space shuttle program legacy and the astronauts who perished aboard both flights.
Clear Creek ISD is proud to celebrate the lives of 14 fallen heroes through the construction of this public complex and community meeting place. The students of today and tomorrow will know their story and continue to be inspired by their legacy.
51-L Challenger Crew
Space Shuttle Challenger, 51-L
January 28, 1986
Francis R. Scobee, Commander
Michael J. Smith, Pilot
Ellison S. Onizuka, Mission Specialist 1
Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist 2
Ronald E. McNair, Mission Specialist 3
Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist 1
S. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist 2
STS-107 Columbia Crew
Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107
February 1, 2003
Rick D. Husband, Commander
William C. McCool, Pilot
David M. Brown, Mission Specialist 1
Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist 2
Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialist 3
Laurel B. Clark, Mission Specialist 4
Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist 1
Overview & Amenities
- Seating capacity for 10,000 fans with open concourse on both the Home and Visitor sides
- Cutting-edge synthetic turf and latest generation track systems
- Comfortable, multi-level press box with film deck and student operated media and control room
- State-of-the-art scoreboard:
- Main video board - 34 feet by 19 feet LED screen
- Digital side screens - 8 side screens with rotating image capability
- **The cost of the scoreboard was not included in the 2013 Bond. Proceeds from advertising and community partnerships will pay for the scoreboard.
- Expansive concession areas
- Air-conditioned restroom facilities
- Community space of up to 4,729 feet with field view. Banquet occupancy: 300, Lecture occupancy: 665
- Convenient location on a 142-acre site off of Interstate 45 South and West Nasa Blvd.
Facility Accommodations for:
- Local and regional athletic competitions including football, soccer, track and field
- Graduation ceremonies
- District Science Fair
- Band competitions
- Community events