Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Newell Stadium Gets a Fresh, New Look

On Friday, September 6th I joined with Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Fisherman Athletic Association members including President Jonathan Pope and Chairman of the Renewal of Newell Stadium Committee Dick Wilson, city councilors, student athletes, and members of the community to officially commemorate the opening of the recently renovated Newell Stadium and New Balance Track and Field at Gloucester High School with a ribbon cutting.

It was a perfect sunny day to open the gates to the thousands of people waiting to get their first view of the updated stadium, which will now feature a new track, playing surface, bleachers, bathrooms, goal posts, concession stands, and more.  The Gloucester Fisherman Athletic Association (GFAA), under the guidance of Dick Wilson, has worked hard for several years in bringing this greatly needed renovation to fruition.

Their hard work, commitment, and dedication to the renovation project is a testament to the members of the GFAA’s character and to what athletics means to the City of Gloucester.  Now generations of the city’s youth will be able to continue on with the proud tradition of excellence in sports at Newell Stadium and New Balance Track and Field, a venue our athletes can be proud to call their own.

Posted below are several photos I took of Friday’s ribbon cutting.