KINGSTON — Officials at Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School said a new football stadium is being constructed in advance of the anticipated return of the Blue Knight’s football team this fall.
According to Wyoming Seminary President Dr. Kip Nygren, the aging football facility should be replaced in time for the debut of a junior varsity team, which is expected to return this fall.
“I suspect it may have been the first football field in the area in 1922, and we’ve been using it for the past 90 years,” said Nygren. “A year and a half ago, we didn’t have the players at the time. Bringing the field back is going to help us.”
Students said they’re already excited for the return of the football Friday tradition.
“I think it’s really exciting because my freshman year, we had football and it was really fun going to all the games,” said Rebecca Schulman. “It was disappointing when it was lost. We lost a lot of people too.”
School officials said the $4 million stadium, funded by a capital campaign, will include two synthetic turf fields, new locker rooms, a grandstand and lights to illuminate the fields for night games.
Wyoming Seminary junior Pierce Jaswinski said other athletes are thrilled with the upgrades.
“I play lacrosse. We only have one field and we share it with different programs,” said Jaswinski. “I’m excited for it.”
Nygren said that six people have already been interviewed for the football coach vacancy and that he is hoping to announce a hire within a few weeks.
The junior varsity team is expected to start playing other prep schools this fall, with the varsity team anticipated in 2014.