Groundbreaking Set For Ninth Ward Football Facility

Sep 26, 2013

New Orleans leaders are gathering Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for what’s been called the Field of Dreams. It’s become another landmark to Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Three years after Hurricane Katrina, 30 students at G. W. Carver High School ran on to an abandoned lot near their seven classroom trailers and played football.

Since then, a fund-raising drive has taken place to raise nearly $2 million for a first-class facility at the flood-ravaged Ninth Ward campus.

The Recovery School District is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony today with members of the Field of Dreams board of directors.

Plans call for a community football field, an Olympic-sized running track and seating for a thousand people. There will also be concessions, restrooms and lighting.

Corporate sponsors have stepped in to shore up local donations. Saints owner Tom Benson will be at the ceremony, and the National Football League and Nike sent funds.

City and community leaders are also set to attend today’s ceremonies.

The facility is set to open in time for hosting games in next year’s football season.