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 gamesĀ at the 4,000-seat stadiumĀ 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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