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Guttenberg gets a new football field

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GUTTENBERG (KWWL) - A big night of high school football ahead. But it goes beyond the game for people in Guttenberg. A new field is being dedicated honoring a former player who was killed while serving in Iraq.

The Clayton Ridge football team hosts MFL-Mar Mac for their first home game in two years. The process started 9 years ago with an annual golf tournament to raise money for a new football field. But when graduate Stephen Shannon was killed in Iraq two years ago, this was a way to honor him.

Friday the Eagles took the field for their first home game on the Stephen D. Shannon Athletic Complex. Shannon died in Iraq two years ago, since then donors have been working to raise money and name the field after him.

The new venue is state of the art. Featuring an 8 lane track, new field, concession stands, a three level press box, lights and a memorial for Shannon. For his family and the town, this field is a way to honor Shannon with dignity, honor and courage.

"Because of what Stephen gave up for his country, that now they have this wonderful facility, they really are pumped and excited, I hope tonight is a great night," said Cynthia Lacey, Clayton Ridge Athletic Director.

Friday, just before the game a formal dedication will take place. Including speeches from his family music and sky divers. Games starts shortly after.

Just to give you and idea how much the town appreciates this new facility. The track team used the track in the spring, they made their first ever state appearance. Will the football team have the same success?

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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