As students and fans took the stands Friday evening for the homecoming game at Meade High School, Principal John Yore stood on the football field to say a few words about the school’s new athletic stadium.
Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith and Andrew Pruski stood alongside Yore during his brief speech.
Yore thanked everyone who helped finance and build the new bleachers, which seats 3,000, and the combined concession stand, ticket booth and restroom facilities.
Among those he thanked were school officials, the local development council and local political officials including state Sen. James DeGrange Sr. and state Dels. Pamela Beidle and Mark Chang.
“The students are very excited about the new athletic stadium,” Yore said later.
The stadium, he said, consolidates the seating to one area, uniting students.
“One thing that I found very special about Friday evening was all of the students were on one side of the field while sitting in the stands,” Yore said. “Before the new 3,000-seat bleachers, the students used to be spread out on both sides of the field.
“I feel like the new stadium brought the family together.”
In the homecoming game that followed the dedication, Meade High defeated North County High School, 21-14.
Zharell Walker made a 25-yard touchdown run to get Meade on the board. Later, Cameron Smith returned a punt 62 yards for the Mustangs, followed by a 2-point conversion by Odion Okojie before halftime.
At halftime, the game was tied at 14. Wendell Barnes scored on a 40-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, sealing the Mustangs’ win over the Knights.
Editor’s note: Information for this article was taken from the Capital Gazette.