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Linn-Mar District cuts ribbon on new stadium

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It's the start of a new era for the Linn-Mar school district.

The old Armstrong Field, which has been around since 1962, was prone to flooding from the nearby Indian Creek.  In fact, in the last eight years, the field flooded four times, including in 2009, when several home games were lost.

"We needed to move.  We needed a new location," said Linn-Mar associate athletic director Tonya Moe.

But now, those are all images of the past.

Saturday, people in Marion got their first look at a stadium that had been talked about for some time.

"It's awesome.  I mean the stadium is beautiful," said David Cosgrove, a student at the high school.

The new Linn-Mar stadium seats six thousand.  That's double that of Armstrong Field.  It has a state of the art track, new concession space, and a synthetic turf playing field.

"We feel very fortunate about this facility, and it is better than some small colleges," Moe said.

Maybe what's most impressive was the support for the facility.

The close to $10 million project was funded primarily by a local option sales tax that was passed.

Saturday crowds turned out in great numbers to see the product of which was paid for by people in the area.

"So proud of what Linn-Mar has here, and you talk about Linn-Mar pride, this is Linn-Mar pride at its finest," said Laurie Stock, a parent of two in the district.

Officials are considering opening the stadium up to outside groups to rent for large events as well.

It's a stadium that is expected to fulfill the needs of a growing community for many many years.

Linn-Mar will play its first football game at home September 2nd, versus Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

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