Imagine life as it was in 1947, shortly after Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium was built and dedicated to those who served during World War II. The entire community actively worked to raise the money to fund the project because no other facility existed to meet the need that Memorial Stadium could. During the main address at the facility dedication on September 16, 1947, Judge Robert Simmons, Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court praised Grand Island for “following the old American custom of solving its own problems, in its own way, at its own expense.” The stadium provided home field advantage for the Grand Island high school football team, who didn’t experience a loss at home for three years following their first game at Memorial Stadium.
Fast forward to 2018, where Memorial Stadium has served thousands of students and student families since it was built seven decades ago; hosting games, graduations, competitions, and special events. Over the years, regular maintenance and upkeep have kept the stadium functional for games and activities. However, in recent years the need for more robust updates and renovations have become apparent. The stadium needs updates to accommodate for current building codes, larger athletic teams, and changes in technology, as well as general updates to concessions, seating and restrooms to enhance the overall experience.
Grand Island Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Grand Island Public Schools and Mr. Lanny Martin are pleased to announce a three-year campaign to raise the funds to undertake the renovation of Memorial Stadium. This historic project allows the community to rally behind our needs, once again giving students the home field advantage.
Please join the many friends and neighbors supporting the Memorial Stadium Campaign to keep the renovation moving forward. Thank you in advance for your support, we look forward to seeing you at Memorial Stadium!