El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The new Bel Air Athletic Complex is the final major project of the $430.5 million YISD Bond project, which was approved by voters in November 2015.
The Ysleta Independent School District will cut the ribbon on the facility at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
The three-level athletic complex is now the home of the Carroll Dibler Gymnasium, a balcony that overlooks the baseball field, a running track and areas that accommodate other athletics and dance.
The $32 million complex was designed by Alvidrez Architects and constructed in a 20-month time period by Banes General Contractors.
“The projects have come in on time. All of the projects are within budget. They’re the quality that our voters expect and that students and teachers deserve,” said Superintendent Xavier De La Torre.
The building’s lower level accommodates a retractable bleacher seating area for the main basketball court, state-of-the-art video scoreboards, main volleyball court, crosscourt practice areas, drop-down volleyball system, and locker rooms.
“It’s a breath of fresh air to our community. I think in a lot of ways it’s also established a real sense of pride in the city of El Paso… that message is loud and clear that we will do anything it takes for our kids,” explained Principle of Bel Air Charlie Garcia.
The main level features a concourse; concessions area, commons, trophy wall and weight and fitness training facilities.
The complex’s upper level contains an auxiliary gymnasium, basketball/ volleyball court, running track. This level also includes designated areas for wrestling gymnastics and dance.
“I love it when we talk about Bel Air. It gives Bel Air a name like, “oh this is bel air, bel air has this” and that really a good feeling,” said senior athlete Yasmin Carrillo.
Tune in at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. to get a detail report from inside the new building.