VIENNA – The local school district of Mathews will celebrate this weekend as upgrades to the sports complex are complete and the complex will officially open on Sunday.
School officials said that “Stangs lights up the bleachers” will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the complex near Baker Elementary School. Stangs refers to the school’s mustang mascot.
A “Parade of Stangs” will be at 5:30 p.m. from Mathews High School to Warren Sharon Road to State Road 193 to Sheridan Drive and ending at Booster Field which is 1.5 miles away.
At 7 p.m., the official inauguration of the stadium will take place, presented by the school and town officials. At 7:15 p.m., coaches and principals will introduce the fall sports teams and squad members, and high school principal George Garrett will introduce the reunion court.
A bonfire will be at 8 p.m. with people able to sit in the bleachers or bring a lawn chair. There will be glow sticks, concessions, and s’mores available for purchase.
School superintendent Russell McQuaide said major improvement work was carried out at the complex in the spring and summer after a groundbreaking in early June.
While the work was in progress, football games were played at Lakeview Schools Stadium and the recent Mathews Band Night was held at Howland’s Tiger Stadium.
Officials said the first football match will be played at the stadium on October 7.
McQuaide said the new stands with seating for 500 spectators were installed in August and the new press box was installed earlier this month. The previous stands dated from the late 1960s.
The work included $324,409 Dant Clayton Stadium seating for renovations and a new press and bleacher section; SoundCom Systems at $52,171 for a new audio system; Musco Sports Lights at $366,618 for lighting; and Ohio Edison at $6,411 for stadium electrical service,
The district worked with ABG Architects of Akron on the project.
McQuaide said the district has various funds, including $1.65 million in permanent improvement funds, a $300,000 donation from the Cafaro Foundation, and pandemic relief funds.