Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Laguna Hills High has stadium after 29 years
Laguna Hills High School gets a 4,000-seat sports stadium.
By ALEJANDRA MOLINA
For Principal Ed Adams, looking up at the home crowd on his own turf after a winning touchdown had been only a vision.
Now it's a reality.
After 29 years, the Laguna Hills High School varsity football team will play on home turf, now that school's new sports stadium is complete. The 4,000-seat sports stadium includes an all-weather track and field, a press box, concession stand and restrooms.
"You look up and all you see is brown and gold," Adams said. "It's like a dream come true."
The project cost $6.4 million. Funding came from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District's Measure B bond. Construction began in October and was finished in August, Adams said.
The varsity football team had played at the district stadium at Mission Viejo High School since 1978.
"You never really had a home game," Athletics Director Steve Bresnahan said.
Bresnahan recalls that, over the years, there was talk about a new stadium but he had lost hope.
"You had the feeling we were going to be in Mission forever," Bresnahan said.
Students will use the facility for physical education purposes during school hours. It will also be used by cross country, soccer, track and lacrosse athletes.
Lower level football games, soccer games and track and cross country meets were previously held on a school field.
The stadium will also be used for band practices, assemblies and other activities.
"This will just give us our own identity," Bresnahan said. "That's really important for a high school and community."
The first home varsity football game is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 against El Toro High School. A grand opening of the stadium is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28.
"There's so much excitement in the air," Adams said.