Grand Island Senior High officials grateful for $5 million donation

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GRAND ISLAND, NE - A local high school stadium is getting a face lift with the help of about 5-million dollars.

The Grand Island Senior High head football coach can't contain his excitement about the new project to update the stadium. He says his players love competing at Memorial Stadium and that a few renovations will make home games even better.

The school's activities director, Joe Kutlas, agrees with Coach and believes this large donation is such a blessing. Kutlas also says he's so grateful for the generosity of Lanny Martin, the alumnus who made the donation.

But he's not the only one who is thankful.

"Thank you is not enough obviously. It's a beautiful thing when someone goes to a school and comes back and feels such a connection, not only with the school but with the community, that they're willing to give a gift of this size," said Traci Skalberg, Executive Director of the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.

Such a large gift means there will be lots of changes to the stadium. Updates will include making the stadium more wheelchair friendly and will even include an elevator being installed for those who have a hard time climbing the bleachers.

Of course there will also be new bleachers installed and that means no more metal seating. Skalberg says while the current metal bleachers can be hazardous, the new ones will be much safer.