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Altoona High School unveils new sports complex

Altoona (WQOW) – The Altoona High School football team is kicking off its first home game of the season Friday night in a brand new stadium.

It’s a game the district had been looking forward to for two years now.

The OakLeaf Stadium started as just an idea back in February 2017. Two years and $3 million later it is finally a reality.

The school district is unveiling its big project in style with a tailgate party and after the Railroaders take on Cadott there is fireworks show at the complex.

The stadium which now seats nearly 1700 has new synthetic turf and doubles as both a football and soccer field.

It is also now able to host track and field meets with a brand new eight lane track with high jump, pole vault, long jump, shot put and discuss areas.

Altoona Superintendent Dan Peggs said the complex offers a lot more options for the growing community.

“We’ve noticed that our athletic facilities really were in shambles. This track was not compete-able. We would have phy ed out here and that’s about it. The football stadium itself couldn’t hold that many fans and soccer wasn’t even thought of here,” said Peggs. “It’s way nicer than any of us anticipated that it would be and we’re very excited.”

The field will still be named in honor of Fuzzy Thurston, former Super Bowl champion Packer, and graduate of Altoona High.

Thurston’s family will be at the grand opening to cheer on the Railroaders.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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