BULLHEAD CITY — The public will get to see the new Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in less than one month.
The Colorado River Union High School District has announced that the grand opening of the fieldhouse — the future home for much of River Valley and Mohave high school athletics — will take place March 2.
The event will start at 10 a.m., according to a district news release. Tours, family-friendly activities and demonstrations of how different parts of the building can be used and rented will last until 2 p.m.
The Mohave High Thunder Band will greet visitors in the parking lot, and Mohave Air Force Junior ROTC cadets will present colors. Students and faculty from both Mohave and River Valley will be on hand to assist visitors.
MHS and RVHS football and soccer games will be played in the arena. CRUHSD has said other local and regional athletic events are being scheduled for the fieldhouse.
The building also has been envisioned as hosting trade shows, conventions, graduation ceremonies and other events.
Besides the 80,000-square-foot playing surface, the building also has career and technical education classrooms that can be converted to conference and meeting rooms. Those rooms will be available to rent for activities ranging from workshops and symposiums to wedding receptions and quinceañeras.
The artificial turf of the football field can be covered to allow the facility to host wrestling, basketball, pickleball or volleyball tournaments or trade shows and conventions.
Also under the roof: a large commercial culinary kitchen.
The fieldhouse will have seating for up to 8,000 — 4,500 permanent seats and 3,500 floor seats.
The arena is at 3663 Bullhead Parkway, west of Highway 95. Paved parking is on the south side of the fieldhouse immediately adjacent to the Parkway, and overflow parking is on the north side. Additional parking, if needed, will be available at the Mohave Crossroads shopping center, about a two-block walk away.
Because of the large turnout expected, CRUHSD officials have encouraged visitors to arrive early and allow extra time for parking for the grand opening.
Refreshments will be both free and available for purchase.
Interior construction of the fieldhouse is winding up. Most of the stadium seats are assembled, and the scoreboard/video monitor is in place, though not yet operational.
The remaining work includes installation of artificial turf and goalposts, completion of areas with plumbing, completion of the elevator and completion of the press box/AV control room.
Exterior signage was installed Friday. Businesses interested in corporate sponsorships or fieldhouse rentals may contact the district at 928-758-3961, ext. 1430.
The stadium is the centerpiece of a $35 million bond project approved by CRUHSD voters in 2016. Also approved were about
$3 million in campus improvements at River Valley and Mohave.
MHS Principal Steve Lawrence said construction to convert the old library into the new administrative office will begin very soon.
“Materials are due to be delivered this Friday and framing will begin soon after,” he said.
Lawrence said the new administrative office will allow staff to better control campus traffic.
Once the office has been relocated, renovations can begin on converting the current administrative office into the new media center.
Other Mohave projects include a track renovation and new sand volleyball courts, both now completed.
AT RVHS, the new media center is partially operational, with some additional build-out remaining this semester, district spokesman Lance Ross said. The new track is complete and ready for practice.
The weight room build-out is complete and usable, Ross said, with some final touches remaining.
Ross said remodeling and upgrades on the schools’ cafeterias probably will start after school is out, to avoid disruption.
Additional information about the ribbon cutting will be posted on the fieldhouse website, www.andersonautogroupfieldhouse.com, and the school district’s Facebook page, @crsk12az or coloradoriverschools.