NORTH OLMSTED, OH — North Olmsted High School is one step closer to a new stadium and name thanks to a generous donation.
Morris Cadillac Buick GMC donated $250,000 to build a new stadium, which hosts football, soccer and track.
The money will go towards new stands, new lights, a new scoreboard, a track, artificial turf and concession stands.
“We get a lot of usage from the stadium, as you can see from the field; it gets very brown throughout the season; it becomes almost unplayable at times. So we’re looking to replace it with artificial turf; to redo the track; to enhance the stadium; put up a new scoreboard, just a lot of significant improvements that are going to enable the community to get a lot more usage out of the stadium,” said Superintendent Michael E. Zalar, Ph.D.
Morris Cadillac Buick GMC said it’s something they know will help the school. “We moved our business here to North Olmsted in 2010 and it’s been a great move for us. This donation allows us to give back to the kids, the community and to the entire school system and have a state of the art facility here for years to come,” said Adam Morris of Morris Cadillac Buick GMC.
“Obviously, stadiums are a tremendous source of pride for many communities, and a new stadium will just make North Olmsted that much better of a city, and any time you can help the kids, like I said, you’re doing the right thing. That’s really what it comes down to,” said Robert Morris of Morris Cadillac Buick GMC.
The new stadium will be called “Drive Morris Stadium Home of the North Olmsted Eagles.”
Construction plans are starting this year and renovations are expected to begin in the spring so the first phase can be complete for the 2014-2015 school year.
“It’s the largest fundraising project in the history of North Olmsted. With the help of Morris Cadillac Buick GMC it has really brought a new light to our community and to our foundation. When we announced it at halftime it was just a great occasion and one of those memories where I had a number of people come up to me and say that’s one of their top five memories they remember at North Olmsted Stadium, now Drive Morris Stadium. It really brought a lot of momentum to our foundation. The stadium will go from being used 40 times a year to over 200 times a year,” said Athletic Director and President of The Stadium Foundation Michael Ptacek.
Morris Cadillac Buick GMC donated t-shirts at Friday night’s game to anyone who donated to The Stadium Foundation.
For more information on where you can donate CLICK HERE.
By Fox 8’s Elyse Chengery