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Challenger Columbia Stadium Open for School Year

Claire Misfeldt, Editor-in-Chief

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After years of using the old stadium, Veterans Memorial Stadium, CCISD welcomed the new Challenger Columbia Stadium on March 10, 2016. Since then, this stadium has been the center for football games, community events, and the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016.

“[I think] the new stadium is quite impressive and functionally a vast improvement on the previous stadium,” Sarah Lovelace, Class of 2016 said.

The stadium includes seating for 10,000 people, one main LED screen, eight side screens, and an upper deck that can fit up to 300 people.

“I definitely prefer this stadium to the old stadium,” Senior Maya Mokrech said. “It has so many great improvements.”

Challenger Columbia Stadium was named in honor of the 1986 Challenger’s shuttle crew and the 2003 Columbia’s shuttle crew. Challenger exploded a little over a minute after it launched and Columbia exploded upon re-entering the atmosphere.

According to the Challenger Columbia Stadium website, CCISD is, “proud to celebrate the lives of 14 fallen heroes through the construction of this public complex and community meeting place.”

Challenger Columbia Stadium is currently being used for football games. The first Lake game was played on September 2 against Texas City. While the football team did lose 16-24, it was still an eventful night; beginning with a two-hour delay due to severe lightening.

“Is this really happening,” Senior Joey Mather said, who cheered in the student section. Despite the delay, there was still a big turnout of people in the stands.

The next home game will be October 1 against Dickinson. On October 7, Lake will compete against Clear Falls. Lake’s homecoming against Clear Brook will take place on October 14. The last home game of the season will be against Clear Springs on November 4.

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