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History made as GISH Memorial Stadium rededicated

Published: Aug. 22, 2021 at 10:53 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Memorial Stadium at Grand Island Senior High has a completely new look.

Courtesy of 655 donors, the venue underwent a rededication ceremony on Sunday night, with the intention of honoring all those who have served in the United States military from Hall County.

The Islanders’ home field was originally dedicated in 1947 to those who served in World War I and II, but the community felt it was time to not alienate those who have since served and also participated in other battles for the country.

The total contributions raised nearly $15 million for the project, which included the development of the new East Stadium, a touchscreen memorial wall to remember those who served, and various stadium renovations.

For athletes who will compete in the arena, the rededication carries significant weight.

“It has created one of the finest facilities around that our students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in, probably, a facility that they never imagined possible,” Grand Island Public Schools Superintendent Tawana Grover said. “The partnerships that came together, it’s going to allow students in the band, the football team, the track, so many different opportunities for them to be in a state of the art facility to represent the talents that we see every day in our Class A school district.”

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