El Capitan High School Stadium Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Merced Union High School District
Document Title
El Capitan High School Stadium Project
Document Type
CON - Early Consultation
Present Land Use
School/Residential Planned Development
Document Description
The project includes construction and operation of a 3,000-seat athletic stadium which would serve El Capitan High School’s athletic programs. Facilities planned as part of the project include bleacher seating, a natural turf competition field, a rubberized running track, a scoreboard, PA system, concessions, and restrooms (see Figure 3, Site Plan). The stadium would be lighted using state-of-the-art LED light fixtures mounted on four 90-foot-tall poles. The lighting would be designed and oriented to light the field and project areas adjacent to the field that need to be lighted with little or no light trespass on non-project areas. Additionally, the project includes landscaping features and new concrete-paved areas within the campus. The project would operate year-round, with most activity occurring during the fall sports season. Games and practices would be scheduled on weekdays and weekends, and events would be scheduled during daytime and evening hours (not to exceed 10:00 p.m.). The project may also be utilized for hosting occasional non-athletic special events, such as pep rallies and graduation ceremonies. If approved, the project is anticipated to begin construction in September 2023 and begin operation in September 2024.

Contact Information

Nicole Hoke
Agency Name
Odell Planning & Research, Inc
Job Title
Associate Planner
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Melissa Miller
Agency Name
Merced Union High School District
Job Title
Facilities Planning Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Cross Streets
Farmland Avenue and G Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Fahrens Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Main Canal

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Education, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Educational (High School Stadium)
Local Actions
Public school facilites development
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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