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Lions moving to new field

Dublin Lions fans have three more chances to see them play at Memorial Stadium including Friday’s homecoming game against Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m.

Dublin ISD has announced that this is the last season that the Dublin Lions will play at Memorial Stadium as the team will be playing inside the track at Dublin Secondary school, starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

The decision is cited as one of practicality and safety, with DISD superintendent Rodney Schneider offering that students will no longer have to travel from the school to the stadium and the new facility will offer more spacing for parking.

It will also remove the crowded parking congestion on game nights for homeowners around the historic Memorial Stadium, which will remain standing

for the use of younger athletes and families.

“With Dublin Elementary and Intermediate [across the street], it will be right there for eight grade levels,” said Schneider.

He added that he hoped its central location will make it ideal for youth league sports and make the neighborhood attractive for people considering moving to Dublin.

The only planned change to the memorial stadium in the move is that the home bleachers will be moved to Dublin Secondary and re-purposed as the visitor seating.

The new stadium was cited by Schneider and Dublin Athletic Director Bob Cervetto for its bigger size and increased seating. There will be 2,000 seats on the home side and 1,700 on the visitor’s end. Turf will also be installed with a brand new look for the gridiron.

The district also hopes that the upgrade will make the newer facility even more attractive as the site for major events like regional competitions, which can bring in schools and families who spend money in the concession stands and at businesses around town.

Schneider feels that the facility is the best of its kind within 100 miles and calls this decision another step in “providing kids with the safest and best facilities possible.”

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