Updated: 04/17/2014 10:34 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 9:26 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
There may be fresh snow on the ground, but Superior High School is celebrating the upcoming construction of their new sports complex. The complex has been 20 years in the making.
The community got help from some special guests wearing green and gold to move the first bit of dirt for the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) Spartan Sports Complex.
Past and present Green Bay Packers players helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking. Superior High School hosted a Packers Tailgate with raffles, a silent auction, games, and the players. All the money raised will go to the new complex.
"Everybody we talk to in the community is saying, 'it's about time,'" explained activities director and assistant principal, Ray Kosey.
The community and school may be ready for it, but the high school athletes can't wait to hit the turf.
"I think we are all pretty grateful that they are building it, especially for my senior year, it's going to be really exciting,"said the junior football player, Jesse Polson.
Ross Kennelly is a sophomore who plays football, wrestles, and runs track. He said the current facilities aren't ideal, they're spaced out and grassy.
"It's all going to be part of the school... we rent the track form UWS and same with the football fields, it's part of UWS. So, it's nice to just have something we can call our own," said Kennelly.
The new multi-sport complex next to the school will accommodate baseball, soccer, track, and football. The fields will also be turf, offering year-round athletics and maybe even a chance to host regional or sectional tournaments.
"We're going to be able to have a facility where Duluth and the Twin Ports area can come over and play when their fields aren't ready," said Kosey.
As long as spring actually comes, Kosey said Spartan cleats will be hitting the turf this fall. The first home football game is August 28.
The National Bank of Commerce, other business, and 150 people have donated to the multi-million dollar project. The school board also donated the interest from investments to help cover the costs.
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