The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded Green Bay East High School with a $200,000 grant for the redevelopment of the City Stadium playing field, the team announced today.
The grant, awarded by the Packers Foundation with funds secured through the NFL Club Matching Youth Football Field/Stadium Grant Program, will be used to match money already raised by the school in order to help install a new playing surface. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2017.
"A site with extraordinary football history, City Stadium was the home of the Packers for 32 seasons, and has been an important part of our community as the home of Green Bay East High School," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We're proud to be able to provide assistance to the football program for the redevelopment of the field so that City Stadium can remain an excellent place to play and watch football for years to come."
A formal check presentation at City Stadium will take place in the fall prior to a to-be-determined Red Devils football game.
"We are very excited to be selected by the Packers and the NFL to receive this grant," said Timothy Flood, athletic director and associate principal at Green Bay East High School. "I want to thank the Green Bay Packers for all their help in this process. The new turf field will create many positive opportunities for our students and community with greater access to our field."
This is the third such Packers grant in conjunction specifically with the NFL's Club Matching Youth Football Field/Stadium Grant Program. It is also the 15th grant secured by the Packers since 1998 for Wisconsin organizations working on new or renovated athletic fields and stadiums, with the cumulative total now at $2,110,000. A previous grant to Green Bay East High School in 2001 went toward the cost of the City Stadium Commemoration Project.
Previous grants, worth a combined $1,910,000, went to Logan High School-La Crosse School District (2015), Bay Port High School Howard-Suamico School District (2014), Ashwaubenon High School (2013), West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (2011), Journey House, Milwaukee (2009), Wrightstown High School (2009), Green Bay Southwest High School (2008), Custer High School, Milwaukee (2005), Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay (2005), Bradley Tech High School, Milwaukee (2003), Green Bay East High School, (2001), Green Bay Preble High School (2001) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (1998).
About the NFL Foundation:The NFL Foundation is the league's nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.