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Hawks to get their "first" game Friday night

by Kevin Hamilton
Tomorrow night is a crucial District 5-3A matchup between the Iowa Park Hawks and Hirschi Huskies, with both teams seeking their first conference win and a chance to stay in the state playoff hunt.

And the setting for this game of rivals couldn’t be more perfect for the Hawks – even though work still remains – as Hawk Stadium will be open for business after almost a year of extensive renovations.

A big portion of IPCISD’s recent $14.7 million bond proposal, approved by voters last May, included a total renovation of the city’s pride and joy, which first opened in September of 1970.

According to IPCISD Superintendent Steve Moody, architect Jackie Lebow and Durant Construction Company have some work left to do at the stadium, but it is in good enough shape for the Hawks to play in.

And this is good news for Coach Scott Ponder and his team, which has had to play four of their “home” games at alternate sites this year, including Holliday and Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.

Moody said the architect provided the school district with a Certificate for Substantial Completion recently for the stadium. “This allows the school district to use the stadium for it’s intended purpose,” he noted, adding, “There are still miscellaneous items to be completed by the architect and contractor.

“It is an exciting time in Iowa Park as we prepare to open the newly-renovated Hawk Stadium on Friday night,” Moody said. “Back in 1969, a group of volunteers came together and decided to build a new stadium for the Hawks. Hawk Stadium was built by those volunteers and it has been a source of pride for the community for over 40 years.

“Iowa Park CISD is appreciative for the support of the community in renovating Hawk Stadium so that it will continue to be a source of pride for generations of Hawks to come.

“We are excited for our students, especially our seniors, to have the opportunity to play at home in the new stadium,” Moody continued. “we expect a large crowd and we are looking forward to the home field advantage as the Hawks take on the Hirschi Huskies.”

Construction has been ongoing for approximately 200 days, according to the superintendent, which included some but not all weekends worked, and some delays that were weather-related.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at Hawk Stadium starting at 6:40 p.m., prior to the kickoff. The IPCISD School Board, Superintendent Moody, Lebow and Durant Associates will be on the field for the dedication.

Pre-game ticket sales will be available in the high school, middle school, and Bradford offices from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Pre-sale tickets are $4 for adults, and $2 for students. All tickets will be $5 at the gate.

Children four and under have free admission.

Fans 65 years and older may request a senior citizen’s pass at the IPCISD administration building. This pass gains admission for the individual only to all Hawk and Lady Hawk home athletic events.

The gates at Hawk Stadium will open at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Due to ongoing stadium upgrades, there will be no reserved seating sales for the 2013 season.

2012 reserved ticket holders and fans wanting reserved seating for the 2014 football season will have the opportunity to purchase them at the beginning of the next school year.