2010-06-24 / Community

Football stadium approved for Cal Lutheran

By Nancy Needham

APPROVED–The T.O. Planning Commission has approved a new football facility for California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium. CLU expects it to be completed in about a year. APPROVED–The T.O. Planning Commission has approved a new football facility for California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium. CLU expects it to be completed in about a year. “It’s about time,” said Planning Commissioner Mark Lunn as he made a motion for a 2,000- seat $8.9-million football stadium at California Lutheran University.

The motion passed unanimously, 4-0, with Commissioner Barry Fischer absent at the Mon., June 21 meeting of the city’s planning commission.

Concerns about traffic control after games were quashed when city planner Pam Leopold pointed out the Thousand Oaks High School stadium seats 4,500, Newbury Park High School’s stadium seats 3,472 and Westlake High School’s stadium seats 3,646 with “no special traffic control” in place.

Approved along with the football stadium were a 70-foot clock tower, overflow parking, artificial turf, monument signs, and parking and landscaping improvements.

Neighbors of the university, students, football team members, teachers and members of Conejo Recreation and Park District filled the chambers during the public hearing.

“The football stadium should’ve been here long ago,” said Commissioner Daryl Reynolds.

Lunn said the stadium would “widen the university’s academic footprint” by helping it attract more students. He also said the project was beautifully designed.

The university was praised by the commissioners for being “committed and dedicated” and a good neighbor.

“The city should be very proud,” Reynolds said.

The 16,000-square-foot football stadium will be built on the north side of Olsen Road, 500 feet east of Campus Drive. It will also be used for soccer and special events, including graduation.

The commissioner’s approval gave permission to the university to increase the height of three stadium lights from 60 feet to 103 feet. The height of three other lights will increase from 60 feet to 80 feet.

The playing field will be artificial turf to save water. Other green features include a bicycle rack and low-flow toilets.

Of the six flagpoles planned, two will be 42 feet high and four will be 32 feet high.

Meeting rooms, offices and an art gallery will also be included. The gallery will be filled with bronze statuary donated by Westlake Village resident William Rolland.

Rolland, who didn’t attend CLU, also gave $5 million to the university to build the stadium.

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