Menasha School District dedicates newly renovated Calder Stadium

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MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) - In May, Action 2 News brought you the story of a multimillion dollar project to renovate Calder Stadium in Menasha.

On Friday, the school district invited the community to come dedicate the newly renovated stadium and see the transformation so far.

From when it opened in 1964 to now, things have changed but the structure stays the same, along with the name of the man that credits himself with scoring its first touchdown, Dick Sorensen.

"Yeah, first four touchdowns here," said Sorensen

He along with many fans took in the new renovations Friday night.

Those included a new turf field, locker rooms and bathrooms, a track and pole vault pit, and more.

"This is going to improve the usability of the structure,” Menasha Superintendent Chris VanderHeyden said. “Not to mention it was 50 plus years old, and just like everything else that's 50, including myself, needs a little TLC."

It had the feel of a football Friday night at Calder Stadium with the team having an intersquad scrimmage. The program believes the newly renovated stadium is one of the nicest in the state.

"I think you're hard to find a stadium that's as big as ours, as nice as ours with the locker rooms right at the stadiums, underneath like ours," said Jeramie Korth, Menasha football coach.

A stadium that is ready to start its next chapter while remembering its history.

"One of the neat parts about the whole process has been all the stories that have come in,” VanderHeyden said. “People remember playing and driving over this bridge."

"We beat Neenah and that was a big deal then,” Sorensen said. “I think it was 10 or 15, 20 years until they beat Neenah again."

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