DELAVAN — Fifty years of Comet football and track meets have been played at Delavan-Darien High School’s George W. Borg Memorial Field, which was completed in 1962.
A summer rehabbing project carried out with the help of the Delavan-Darien Booster Club and a $28,800 grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will help ensure that another 50 years of Comet athletic events will be played at the stadium.
The Lowe’s grant helped fund new security fencing around the bleachers, field and entrance area, as well as new concrete, which was poured in the concessions area and aisle ways of the stadium. It also helped make the facility more conveniently wheelchair accessible with a new concrete ramp leading down from the main parking lot.
Additionally, staff at the Lowe’s home improvement store in Delavan helped design landscaping features near the stadium entrance.
Employees from the Delavan store, with the assistance of Delavan-Darien Booster Club volunteers Friday, July 27, planted trees, bushes and perennials donated by Lowe’s of Delavan. The store also donated brick pavers to create a DDHS marker in the front grass and planter box with two pillars around the Glen N. Holman memorial plaque and stone. (Glen Holman started the agriculture department at DDHS in 1957).
Officials at the Lowe’s store in Delavan have also promised to donate additional plants to fill out the area next year, said Scott Deibel, Delavan-Darien head of facilities and grounds.
Beyond the Lowe’s grant, Delavan-Darien facilities staff made numerous other upgrades to the 50-year-old stadium, which hosts home football games and track meets for DDHS and Phoenix Middle School.
The fencing around the ticket area was enlarged and the ticket windows were relocated to the side of the building, making for easier stadium entry and better crowd control.
Inside the newly fenced area, a second concession window was created where the previous ticket window was, giving more space for concession staff to prepare food and more space for customers to grab a bite to eat. The area inside the concessions area was also updated with new cabinets and fixtures.
Inside the stadium, a brick wall that had obstructed the view of the field from the ticket area was removed and concrete was poured over several gravel areas near the bleachers to make spaces for guests who use wheelchairs.
The public bathrooms were outfitted with new plumbing fixtures and stall dividers; new drinking water fountains were installed; the team rooms were updated and refreshed with new bathroom fixtures, paint and benches; a new garage-style door was installed for the south-end equipment storage area; and the entire building had its roof replaced with gutters added. Even the once tarnished and green George W. Borg Memorial Field memorial plaque on the side of the concession stand was scrubbed clean and shows its true brassy color once again.
Deibel said his crew has a bit more work to do at the stadium before the football season begins, including repairing some of the bleacher benches, installing a roll-down window at the new concession area, repairing seating-area pavement cracks, and repairing press box doors.
Perhaps the most noticeable change for fans is on the south side of the field. Following the first kickoff of the 2012-13 season, the Comets will hope to light up a brand new scoreboard, which was donated by the Delavan-Darien Booster Club with financial contributions from Farm City Elevator in Darien and Kunes Country Auto Group in Delavan.
Check out all the changes during the first home football game Friday, Aug. 31, when the Comets take on Southern Lakes Conference rival Elkhorn. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit: Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.