Petoskey Preps for Northmen Stadium Debut
PETOSKEY – With the start of 2016 high school football season just weeks away, a project decades in the making is coming to fruition for Petoskey High School.
A voter-passed $10 million athletic bond proposal in November 2014 set the wheels in motion for Petoskey’s new multi-purpose outdoor athletic complex.
Set to open in time for the football program’s season opener on Aug. 25, the synthetic turf Northmen Stadium replaces the 89-year-old Curtis Field.
"We had a slogan as we worked in this campaign and we just called it real simple, ‘It’s time,’” Petoskey Schools Superintendent John Scholten said. “Curtis Field surfaced really well for a lot of years, it was built in 1927, and it was tired.”
The 2,950 cement bleacher stadium features a synthetic football/soccer field, a new track and tennis courts as well as upgraded locker rooms, bathrooms, concessions and parking stalls.
"You know, not too many kids get to experience something like this and to be able to have it right in your backyard and utilize it as your home facility is pretty darn neat,” Petoskey athletic director Dave Smith said.
Petoskey debuts Northmen Stadium with a tripleheader for its freshman, JV and varsity programs on Thursday, Aug. 25.