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$5 million Chico High stadium is dedicated amid pomp and circumstance

Chico High School will play its first football game in its new stadium on August 24th against Sacramento High School.

Chico High School's new football stadium was officially dedicated Friday morning.

The hour long ceremony included the band playing the school fight song as the approximately 1,800 Chico High students filed into the new bleachers, which is one of the many additions to the field along with a scoreboard, a new synthetic turf and track, snack bar and restrooms.

Flags were hoisted, a statute of the school mascot Panther was unveiled near the stadium entrance and several speeches were given.

The dedication culminated with the official ribbon-cutting.

This was an important addition for Chico High, as for the last seven years the school's football team played its home games at Pleasant Valley High School.

"It's definitely a source of pride and it's been a long time coming," said Chip Carton, athletic director at Chico High School "I think it's very very important for the kids to know that everything they have can be done right here at Chico High School."

The $5 million renovation was paid for with Measure K funding, as property taxes were raised to pay for this project and others for the Chico Unified School District.

Chico High's first football game inside the new stadium will be August 24 against Sacramento High School.

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