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East High football home games return to Breese Stevens Field after 41 year hiatus

Scrimmage25On a pleasant Saturday evening earlier this month the Madison East High School football team was warming up on the gleaming year-old artificial turf of Breese Stevens Field. It was a first look not only for the players, but the coaches, boosters and fans as East has not had it’s own home field since it played it’s last home game in 1974.

For Quarterback Ruben Arndt, the lines on the field and the dimensions may be the same from last year when East played at Lussier Stadium, but this year will be different because the Purgolders are coming home when they host Madison West, the last team they played in this stadium 41 years ago.

“It’s really special to be back here…for the school. I remember as a kid I’d always go to Lussier [stadium] and watch my brother. It was always fun seeing the team but it never really felt like home…because we were out in front of Lafollette.” Arndt said during a break from drills.

“This really feels like home, right here a couple blocks from the high school and it’s old, it’s dusty and it’s great.”

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First East High Football Scrimmage at Breese Stevens Field in 40 years

East High Scrimmage - Breese Stevens Field

Friday Night Lights and East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.

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Friday Night Lights and East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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Players listen to the Umpire speak about which actions might draw infractions from the officials as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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A player attempts to haul in a pass during drills as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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Friday Night Lights and East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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A view not seen by East High fans in 40 years as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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This classic walled stadium will host East High football this fall beginning August 28, 2015.
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Friday Night Lights and East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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The tunnel even gets a test run as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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The tunnel even gets a test run as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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Starting Quarterback Rueben Arndt warms with his receivers during drills as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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Datrell Thompson is on JV this year but is already turning heads with his abilities at quarterback and running back. East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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The natural grass surface, in place since the stadium was built in 1927, was replaced with synthetic sports grass to increase durability and increase utilization by athletic teams and other events including concerts like the Avett Brothers who will play a show this October.
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Datrell Thompson prepares to throw a pass during drills as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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A new press box was built in 2011 and a new sound system installed in 2014 as East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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East High School Football returns to Breese Stevens Field, absent since 1975, with a scrimmage on August 8, 2015.
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4th Year East High Football Coach Steve Erato talks to his players prior to East High School Football scrimmage at Breese Stevens Field on August 8, 2015.
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Umpire Terry King was on the field for East High in 1974 for the last football game played by East at Breese Stevens Field, which they defeated 28-21.

 

It was the fall of 1974 and Terry King had hair down to his shoulders, was 18 years old and feeling great as he walked off field at Breese Stevens after defeating West High School 28-21. However it would be the last time East High would play football games at the 4,000-seat stadium until this year when Madison West will return for the home opener on August 28th.

King was reminiscing out loud to the 2015 East High squad Saturday night (August 8) as they prepared to scrimmage for the first time in four decades. This time Terry King wore the hat of an umpire and led a group of referees that would be monitoring the practice game as a warm-up for them and the players. The team will play another scrimmage in Kenosha next week before opening the season across town against Madison Memorial.

Fourth year Coach Steve Erato is excited to be playing at the stadium, a prospect that has been in the works for a year and it gained it’s own momentum as the City of Madison, East High and the community got behind.

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Galaxie Groundbreaking Celebrates Robust Planning Process

Enthusiasm reigned at event launching long anticipated Cap East development

Key project proponents prepare to ceremoniously initiate the building of The Galaxie. (l to r) Festival Food CEO Mark Skogen, District Six Alder Marsha Rummel, Patrick Stevens, WI DNR, former District Two Alder Bridget Maniaci, Steven Cover, City of Madison Director of Planning, Community, and Economic Development, District Two Alder Ledell Zellers,  Unidentified child, City Of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Otto Gebhardt Development President Otto Gebhardt III, Architect Chris Gosch of Bark Design.

/a> Key project proponents prepare to ceremoniously initiate the building of The Galaxie. (l to r) Festival Food CEO Mark Skogen, District Six Alder Marsha Rummel, WI DNR Administrator Patrick Stevens, former District Two Alder Bridget Maniaci, City of Madison Director of Planning, Community, and Economic Development Steven Cover, District Two Alder Ledell Zellers, Unidentified child, City Of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Gebhardt Development President Otto Gebhardt III, Architect Chris Gosch of Bark Design.

In 2013, Gebhardt development won the chance to start from scratch and transform an entire downtown city block; but there were lots of requirements.

The Tenney-Lapham and Marquette neighborhoods yearned for a full-service grocery store. The City of Madison has been clamboring to jump start redevelopment and create a gleaming gateway to downtown and developers have seen great potential for the area.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking event (September 16) marked the beginning of The Galaxie development that will remake the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. The gathering was infused with a heightened energy level because many of the participants that worked on the planning of the project felt that they had finally gotten it right.

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You Don’t Have to be Political to Love Radicals

Madison’s pro Ultimate Disc team is winning fans in second season

Madison Radicals Defender Mike Swain appreciates his fandom, the UW-Whitewater grad and U.S. Army veteran is a fan favorite.

Mike Swain, a Madison Radicals defender and U.S. Army veteran ,appreciates his fandom.

While Madison tries hard to support its professional sports teams for as long as they exist; I believe, after attending my first American Ultimate Disc League game recently, that the Madison Radicals may be the truest form of social and sporting expression that this city can make.

For as long as I can remember, warm sunny days in any Madison park, but surely James Madison, have fostered the fertile natural and native talent of disc players, much like hockey seemingly grows from the soil of Minnesota. As amatuer teams still thrive in this city, its deep bench is also able to stack a strong group of “paid” players that almost won the professional league championship last year.

My first Radicals game two weeks ago (May 9) was at Breese Stevens Field, a glorious historic stadium that the City of Madison has steadfastly has committed to keeping active, mostly through soccer tournaments.

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