Augusta Preparatory Day School officials and community leaders broke ground on the school’s new Cavalier Stadium on Wednesday.
Work on the new 490-seat multipurpose stadium began in mid-June at the completion of the school’s $834,000 “Get in the Game” fundraising campaign, which began in November 2011. An anonymous gift of $300,000 on April 1 was the final push the project needed.
“That made it possible to say we’re there,” said Pam Weinberger, the school’s director of development.
APDS Head of School Becky Gilmore thanked the almost 60 donors who made the stadium’s construction a reality, coming less than a year after the school installed a new scoreboard and lights on the football field.
“The Cavalier Stadium benefits all of our students as a site for our many team contests and various all-school events,” said Gilmore. “With its location in the center of our campus, we envisioned a beautiful and functional stadium. The Cavalier Stadium will achieve that.”
Athletic Director Tom Holadak said ‘‘Wow’’ was the first word that came to his mind when he thought of the stadium project and was looking forward to the reactions of students and alumni to the finished project.
“I can’t wait to see the expressions on our students’ faces when they return in mid-August for the first day of school, and all of our alums when they return for homecoming and special occasions,” Holodak said.
The Cavaliers began playing football in 2009 and 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.’ ”
The stadium is expected to be finished in time for the Cavaliers’ season-opener on Aug. 16 vs. Holy Spirit Preparatory School.