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Zephyrs have new stadium to call home
Dedication of new facilities scheduled for Aug. 19
By Joanne Flemming
St. Mary Central High School in Neenah finally has a football
stadium of its own.
"It will be a true home game" when the Zephyrs play their first
game of the season in the new facility on Aug. 31 against
Wrightstown, said John Joch, athletic director.
"We won't be jumping into the school bus on Friday afternoons to
go to Calder Stadium," he continued. "Those are excellent
facilities, but we wanted something we can call our own."
Since the late 1960s, St. Mary Central has played its home
football games at the stadium in Menasha.
Besides football, the new 800-seat stadium will also be used for
soccer games. The first home soccer game will be played Aug. 25
when the Zephyrs host Stevens Point Pacelli.
Until this year, the St. Mary soccer teams have played at various
sites in Menasha and Neenah.
According to Joch, the new facility will be dedicated on Sunday,
The athletic director pointed out that the project which began in
the summer of 2000, also includes a soccer practice field and
Highlighting the stadium is its press box with state-of-the-art
sound and speaker systems. Joch said it is large enough to
accommodate coaching staffs, play-by-play announcers, scoreboard
operators and the media.
The 800 seats are permanent bleachers, but auxiliary seating is
also available for the school band and others. Joch said more
seating can be added in the future if needed.
The construction project also includes a concession stand with
restrooms and a garage for school buses and vans. Storage space
is available under the bleachers and behind the concession stand.
A walking trail surrounds the perimeter of the field.
St. Mary Central High School families and guests will join in
"Celebrating Catholic Education-Mind, Body and Spirit" on Aug.
19. This dedication ceremony celebrates three new additions to
the SMC campus-the Environmental Energy Education Center, Jane's
Woods and Zephyr Fields. Joining in the celebration will be Fr.
William Swichtenberg, SMC alumnus, from Green Bay.
The Winnebago County Sheriff Honor Guard will help to raise the
first flag at Zephyr Fields. The SMC Chorale and SMC Pep Band
will perform for the first time on Zephyr Fields. Following the
dedication ceremony, a fireworks celebration will complete the
The Environmental Energy Education Center (EEEC) is an exciting
educational enterprise allowing students and the community to
more effectively understand the vital topic of energy.
Jane's Woods is a curriculum-based environmental classroom. The
Bergstrom family, in memory of their mother, Jane Bergstrom,
donated the 2-acre plot of land. The wooded 2-acre plot of land
is located adjacent to the school campus. Students from SMC and
the community will learn environmental conservation principles
and enhanced appreciation for Wisconsin's native plant species.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with fall sports meetings
with parents, students and coaches. The SMCHS Booster Club will
host a picnic supper from 6 to 8 p.m. Tours of the facilities
will start at 7:15 p.m. with the dedication at 8:15 p.m. The
evening will close with fireworks.
For more information on the dedication, call St. Mary Central
High School at (920)722-7796.