DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several residents who had sought to stop plans by Des Moines Public Schools to build a new stadium on Drake University’s campus.
The lawsuit challenged the school district’s decision no to hold a special election vote on the plan before moving ahead with it.
The judge agreed with the district that a petition effort by opposition group Save Our Schools failed to gather enough valid signatures to trigger a vote.
Last year, the school board approved an agreement with Drake University to build the nearly $20 million, 4,000-seat stadium.
It will serve as the home football field for four of Des Moines’ five high schools and host high school and Drake soccer games.