TYLER, TX (KLTV)- The Tyler ISD School Board's proposal to renovate Tyler Rose Stadium has stirred up controversy. With plans to replace the turf came the proposition to expand the field so it could double as a regulation size soccer stadium. But bringing soccer in would push track out.
"The changes that they're going to make would be tantamount to an eviction, an eviction of an event that has long been a tradition of our community for thirty-something years," says Andrew Melontree, Sr.
Each year the Tyler Rose Stadium hosts the Rose Parade, Friday night football and the Earl Campbell-Emma Barrett Relays.
However, if the field is expanded to accommodate soccer, two of the seven track lanes would be eliminated, making the stadium unsuitable to host those historic relays. It's a thought that former Tyler City Councilman and Smith County Commissioner Andrew Melontree says is just unbearable.