New stadium on the rise at King’s Way Christian

Project is expected to be complete prior to fall sports season

VANCOUVER — This small school is thinking big.

A new stadium is in the final stages of completion at King’s Way Christian, with the plan to be open in time for the fall sports schedule.

A new stadium is in the final stages of completion at King’s Way Christian. It is expected to be ready before football and girls soccer season. Photo by Mike Schultz
A new stadium is in the final stages of completion at King’s Way Christian. It is expected to be ready before football and girls soccer season. Photo by Mike Schultz

Beyond athletics, the school is open to hosting other events at the facility, which will boast 930 seats — most under cover of a roof.

“Don’t get left in the rain” states one of the posters that promotes some of the fund-raising costs for the stadium.

King’s Way Christian opts up to compete in Class 1A of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, but it has Class B enrollment numbers. The stadium might appear to be too big today, but not tomorrow.

“We’re not just waiting for it. We’re planning for growth,” said Dr. Jason Tindol, the superintendent. “We know this school is a need in this community.”

The King’s Way Christian Knights will play in a stadium this upcoming season, not just in front of a couple of sets of bleachers. Photo by Mike Schultz
The King’s Way Christian Knights will play in a stadium this upcoming season, not just in front of a couple of sets of bleachers. Photo by Mike Schultz

The field, which is behind the campus buildings, came first. It opened in 2012 and it was designed with a stadium in mind. The stadium is expected to be completed by mid August in time for girls soccer and football games in September. 

“This has been a dream. We are just starting to see all of this come together,” said Randy Graves, director of development at KWC.

“We’re going to grow,” Graves said. “We are committed to excellence in academics, and we are committed to excellence in athletics. This is a step is solidifying that King’s Way in a real school. It’s a real deal.”

The project, Graves said, came in at around $750,000. Fundraising began more than two years ago. 

A look from the sky at the new stadium being built at King’s Way Christian. Photo by Mike Schultz
A look from the sky at the new stadium being built at King’s Way Christian. Photo by Mike Schultz

One part of the fundraising will stand out when the stadium is complete. There will be 137 blue chairs. Those are being sold for $1,000.

“Buy your seat and dedicate it to anybody, and it’s your seat for the next two years,” Graves said. 

That includes admission to any event.

Graves said the school went with Southern Bleacher for the stadium build. 

“I really like the design they had at Hockinson,” Graves said, referring to the Class 2A power Hawks.

Plus, Southern Bleacher is based in Texas.

“They know what they’re doing in football,” Graves said. 

The bleachers that were previously on the home sideline have been moved to the visitor’s sideline. Eventually, the school wants to build a concessions/locker/storage facility building, too.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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