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Alburnett Pirates get new stadium

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ALBURNETT (KWWL) -

For one high school, their football team's season home opener was about much more than a game.

KWWL's Jessica Hartman visiting Alburnett for a historic moment 12 years in the making for the community.

The Alburnett Pirates took to the field at their new home stadium for the first time.

For the senior athletes it was a moment they have been waiting for since they started school. 

"Oh my son is so excited. That is all he has talked about ever since football practice started. 'We are going to be the first ones out here on the field.' They are pumped for it. They really are," said Stacy McClintock, the mother of the Pirates' Quarterback.

 For the last 50 years the football team and baseball team have shared a field which at times made for some logistical issues.

The community celebrated by carrying the game ball from the old 50-yard line to the new.

Coach Carter, who coached the Pirates for 29 years, carried the game ball on to the field.

But this new complex wouldn't have been possible with out the support of the community. 

"It has just come together piece by piece. It is pretty amazing. Even yesterday, when we were out her putting some final touches on, a gentleman who lives down the road showed up on his tractor. He thought maybe we just needed to grate the parking lot one more time. It is just those kind of things over and over when you least expect it, where someone would come to do one more thing," said Alburnett Superintendent Dani Trimble.

 Although the players were in the spotlight for the home opener, they know the game is about more than them.

"Last night we talked about how this is a huge night in Alburnett history. When these guys have grandkids going through the Alburnett school system, people will still be talking about this night. The first night the stadium was open, the first win, and hopefully that comes in tonight on the same night," said Head Football Coach Anthony Church.

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