More Thursday home games for Arlington teams

More Arlington ISD teams will play home games Thursday nights this season because one fewer stadium is available for the six varsity squads.

The school district chose not to rent UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium this season as part of the district’s budget cutting for the 2011-2012 school year in the wake of an estimated $48.4 million shortfall.

The district will save $99,000 by eliminating Maverick Stadium rental.

Arlington ISD will make do with two stadiums, Cravens Field on the campus of Arlington Lamar and Wilemon Field at Arlington Sam Houston.

Maverick Stadium in years past was the designated home stadium for Arlington High and Arlington Bowie.

Cravens Field, the home field for Lamar and Arlington Martin, adds Arlington this season. Wilemon Field, home to Sam Houston and Arlington Seguin, adds Bowie.

Arlington High last played its home games at Cravens Field in the 1983 season.

Eight Thursday home games are scheduled, including the one that could decide the District 4-5A title: Bowie vs. Martin on Sept. 22 at Cravens Field.

Arlington High and Lamar play the most Thursday home games with three each. Sam Houston has two and Seguin, Bowie and Martin have one each.