The Benicia Unified School District unveiled the newly refurbished Drolette Stadium with a ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday September 14th. Funds came from the Measure S bond that was passed by the community of Benicia in 2014.
“I want to echo an appreciation to the community who voted to invest in our schools and our students and our athletic programs,” Principal Brianna Kleinschmidt said. “Now they get to reap the benefits from it.”
The Panthers football team played on the artificial turf field for the first time on Friday against Armijo. Fittingly, the Panthers won their first game on the new field.
The ceremony included music from the Panther Marching Band, remarks from Board President Gary Wing, Chief Business Official Tim Rahill, Principal Brianna Kleinschmidt and Superintendent Dr. Charles Young. The remarks included thanks for Alfredo Romero, Maintenance Supervisor and his team who worked tirelessly to get the field ready.
Principal Kleinschmidt was also happy about the memory bricks that have been laid out near the entrance to the stadium. She said that around 500 bricks were sold and that there is still room for around 500 more.
“The Latin phrase creatum per societatem – captures the power and creative elements generated when a community comes together around a shared value. This stadium represents the community-wide pursuit of a shared value, that is, striving to provide the very best facilities possible for our students,” stated Dr. Young.
The ceremony concluded with the ribbon-cutting by Board President Gary Wing, accompanied by the Board Trustees, Tim Rahill, Brianna Kleinschmidt, Bond Director Roxanne Egan, Dr. Young and two BHS Panthers.