With construction going on behind them, Augusta Prep and community leaders officially broke ground on Cavalier Stadium on Wednesday morning.
“Today we can see the past and the future,” said Becky Gilmore, Augusta Prep Head of School.
Work on the new 490-seat stadium began in mid-June at the completion of the school’s $834,000 “Get in the Game” fundraising campaign that began in November 2011.
An anonymous donation of $300,000 on April 1 was the kickstart the project needed.
“That made it possible to say we’re there,” said Pam Weinberger, the school’s director of development.
The stadium project follows a year after a new scoreboard and lights were installed on the football field, allowing the Cavaliers to play their first Friday night football games under the lights.
Player Joseph Shaver has seen all of the progress.
“After our inaugural football season in 2009, if someone came up to me and said that by the 2013 season we’d be playing on Friday nights under the lights in a brand new stadium, I would have said let’s get some goal posts first,” he said.
Cavaliers head football coach Harry Bacheller looked at what the stadium would mean to the school community and the athletic program.
“It’s going to be a beautiful complex and something the kids now and in the future are going to be able to use and be proud of for a very long time,” Bacheller said.