The excitement was in the air Friday night at McLane High School in Fresno for the first football game of the season.
It was also the first night the team played on new synthetic turf, the first of its kind in the school district.
“One thing people don’t know about Fresno Unified is we only really have two stadiums, here and Sunnyside, so a lot of our home games for all seven of our comprehensive high schools are played right here at McLane stadium,” said Superintendent Bob Nelson.
Before Friday night’s first home game, the field was off-limits to keep it in good shape for all the football games.
“Our actual athletic programs, our band, music, JROTC had to be bused to other school sites to participate in these events so by putting the turf in we have full access to this facility,” said Principal Brian Wulf.
The multi-million dollar improvements come with updated infrastructure and utilities and portable restrooms. A new pool is also on the way.
“For the kids, I think its a big sense of pride and something they can take ownership of, and be excited about that the investment was made in them and their futures and they are able to do it right in their home community,” said Wulf.
For senior Jennifer Leyva, the upgrades are overdue.
“I’m so happy we have been waiting for this for forever, I heard freshman year they had plans for it but now to see it come through it’s crazy,” said Leyva.