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JSerra Proposes Home Football Stadium

Permanent seating could accommodate nearly 3,000 spectators with another 1,900-plus in portable bleachers.

is in the preliminary planning stages to build a home football stadium at its athletic compound at Junipero Serra Road and Camino Capistrano.

Currently, the school plays its home games at .

The plans call for 2,989-seat stadium with concession stands, bathrooms, a press box and a scoreboard, according to a document JSerra prepared. Portable bleacher seating could accommodate another 1,324 people for a total capacity of 4,913 seats.

In a statement to Patch, JSerra officials wrote:

JSerra Catholic High School is in the preliminary stages of planning a proposed home football field to be built in the next ten years.

Having a home field will provide JSerra and the City of San Juan Capistrano the opportunity to host five football games each year, graduation and city sponsored events, all of which will help drive business to local restaurants and stores.

A JSerra spokeswoman said school officials hopes to start fund-raising if the city gives the green light.

In the multi-page document, JSerra says it wants to expand its football, lacrosse, soccer and track and field programs to “drive higher levels of student/athlete enrollment.”

But it also says it wants to use the field/stadium as a community resource, making the facilities available for concerts, Special Olympics, tournaments and events.

A June 2006 agreement between the city and JSerra allows the city to use the school’s athletic facilities when not being used by the school.

The school, however, doesn’t always enjoy a great relationship with its neighbors to the south. Just recently, r.

According to stories in the Orange County Register, neighbors have been complaining about the school since 2007.

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