The collective heart of our community is full after bearing witness to the grand opening of Falcon Stadium. It was a historic Friday night at Perry Meridian High School, and it brought thousands of people to our humble, little corner of the city. Therefore, it feels necessary to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who contributed to our success.
Last Friday began differently. Well before the sun rose, students and staff arrived outside of the school with an excitement usually reserved for Christmas morning. They eagerly greeted a news reporter and photographer with a memorable display of Falcon pride on live television.
In the afternoon, Perry Meridian Middle School students made the trek from their school to the high school to participate in a pep rally and to get a sneak peek of the new stadium. Their enthusiasm and admiration were palpable as they cheered on the student-athletes who they adored and admired posters of their favorite senior athletes that adorn the outside of the stadium.
It was moving to see the future of PMHS interacting with their heroes who play on the football team, cheer on the sidelines and play in the band. Their show of support set the tone for what was to come later that day.
Before kickoff we were honored to make it official by cutting the ribbon at the stadium’s entrance. Also, during a pregame ceremony we recognized the team effort that was required to make this dream a reality. We were humbled by the presence of so many people who made this milestone possible, including representatives of the Ray Skillman Auto Group, Mike Mullinaro and Greg Puckett, as well as representatives of Ray Skillman Construction, Brad Skillman and Victor Landfair.
We were so proud to welcome Mayor Joe Hogsett, who stood at the podium and shared our awe of the history-making moment. We also gave credit to the board members, administrators, athletes, athletics directors and coaches – past and present – who advocated to give the Falcons a home of their own.
Whether you “bleed” Falcon blue or Cardinal red, we believe that this grand opening is a milestone of which our entire community can be proud. It took support and encouragement from all of Perry Township to make this happen. We achieved this together. We look forward to continuing this celebration together when the Falcons and Cardinals compete Friday, Sept. 1. Wear your school colors and show your spirit.