Hortonville High School kicked off the varsity football season Friday and for them a new season means a new field.
The excitement surrounding stadium updates has been mounting for years and everyone from the football team to the dance team will be able to use the new field without fear of injury.
“Many times they were unable to even access the field because we were too concerned with the wear and tear for other events that would happen on there,” says Hortonville High principal Thomas Ellenbecker. “So they were often restricted to fields that were unlined, not very well manicured.”
“The facilities mean everything to the players and it’s going to give them the best experience that they can have at high school,” says Hortonville High soccer coach Paul Everett. “The old grass field had a little wear and tear, we had to share it with the football team. We had ruts going down both sides of the field.”
“I kind of appreciate the giant bleachers on the side of the field because I love having the fans look at us, especially playing under the lights,” says Hortonville High soccer player Chase Oaughoin. “It’s really nice as a freshman.”
“I love going to football games and so having the big stand is going to be a lot easier to be somewhere with my friends and have that place where we know it’s not gonna be three people sitting down here and two people up there because there’s not enough room,” says Hortonville sophmore Reilly Frazier.
“I think the whole community is absolutely amazed, I think excitement is probably an understatement,” says Ellenbecker. “It’s a facility that I hope the community is extremely proud of.”
Hortonville spent a total of 2.4 million dollars on the new field, bleachers, lighting and additional bathrooms.
They held an official ribbon cutting ceremony earlier Friday.