Glendale Community College's neighbors can expect more traffic after
the campus' stadium is renovated, but college officials are
considering ways to lessen the impact.
The track and field improvements, new lights and the 853-car
parking structure are all part of the college's latest Measure G
renovations, estimated to cost $4 million. Measure G is a
voter-approved bond that gave the college $98 million to spend on
The college's board of trustees considered an environmental impact
report on the project last week. Most of the college's past projects
have not affected the community, said Larry Serot, GCC's executive
vice president of administrative services. But college officials
anticipate the stadium and the parking structure will affect the
neighborhood so an environmental report was necessary, Serot said.
Some of the problems college officials anticipate are the reaction
neighbors will have to the new stadium lights and the expected surge
in traffic for weekend football and soccer games when the stadium's
track, field, seats and scoreboard are finished.
The GCC board approved a $1.01-million bid for the stadium lights
and voted to spend no more than $31,500 for consultants and
Traffic will provide the biggest impact on the neighborhood, Serot
"We're proposing to install a signal on Mountain Avenue and
proposing to widen the street a little, to mitigate the traffic for
the new structure," he said. "Hopefully, people will be going to ball
games. If we [rented the field for youth soccer games], we'd have
them coming in all the time. There will be some traffic implication
to opening up the field to the community that we have to address."
Athletic Director Jim Sartoris doesn't believe the stadium
renovation will cause a dramatic surge in traffic, even for Friday
"We don't draw big crowds -- it's just the nature of community
college football," he said. "If we get 300 or 400 people at our home
games, we're lucky. Soccer gets hardly any crowds at all. We just
hope we get a little more than we had in the past because it's here