BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s week two of high school football, and it was a big night for Boardman High School. Players got their first taste of turf.
For the Boardman community, it wasn’t just about building a new stadium; it was about building up the community.
“The administration, the school board and community has really worked hard on this. The whole community is really excited about tonight,” said Dominic Mancicni, Boardman wrestling coach.
The new Spartan stadium is located next to the high school. It has more than 7000 seats, a press box, a 35 foot video board, sound system and turf field. So far, fans are giving the new facility an A+.
Spartan stadium is being completed in three phases. Phase one and two have been completed, and there’s still more to come in phase three including a band shell, additional restrooms and more concessions.
Phase three is expected to be completed in fall 2016.
Former NFL quarterback and Boardman alum, Bernie Kosar, was there for opening night and assisted in the coin toss.
“It really is humbling and emotional. So much of your life got started because of the people here in Boardman and playing on this field and Friday night football. To see the students already out here for the game and a Boardman v. Mooney games is good Youngstown, Mahoning Valley football,” Kosar said. “It really is an honor for me to be back here.”
The next Spartan home game is scheduled for Sept. 25.