KANSAS CITY NORTH — About 75 people attended the ceremony on Oct. 9 to break ground on the new football field and entrance for Oak Park High School.

Oak Park’s drumline welcomed guests to the event, which was kicked off with a message from North Kansas City Schools Superintendent Dan Clemens.

He led the ceremony that included several speakers, including Jan Kauk, the school board president.

Oak Park Principal Chris Sartain wrapped up the event asking students, staff and Board of Education members to don a hard hat and turn some dirt with a shovel.

Oak Park cheerleaders and mascot Norman the Northman were also on hand for the groundbreaking. With the new stadium, the school will be able to host home games after being built 55 years ago.

Clemens noted that part of the football field is in the city of Gladstone, saying “We’re excited to be collaborating with Gladstone to build a second concession stand, restroom and ticket area that will be used for other events that take place in the adjacent Oak Grove Park. This will not only provide a better facility for Oak Park, but also add to the experience our community has within our parks.”

Construction of the athletic facility, second entrance and concession stands are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2021.