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Final Game at Munson Stadium Approaches before Stadium Facelift


DENISON, TX--- For Denison High School, this Friday's game will be the final face off at Munson Stadium before it receives a major face lift. It's a $5.5 million upgrade that was made possible largely by a lot of private donations. 

Walking down the halls of Denison High School, football players Jaleel Dade and Arlton Ardrey said it's hard not to think about this weeks game against McKinney North.

 "I want to win my last game," Dade said. "After that, I won't get to play there anymore or get to play for this high school anymore. It means a lot to me."

For more than 70 years, Munson Stadium has been the home to the Denison Yellowjackets and since it was built in 1938, it has not seen any major changes in appearance. However, after Friday's game, that will all change, which has left some players happy and some sad.

"It was where I grew up, where I first started playing football," Dade said. "Even in 7th grade I played at the stadium and it will just be sad because I don't get to see it any more."

"I think it will be really cool because we're the first," Ardrey said. "We're actually the first people who get to play in the stadium."

"Well we're very excited," Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott said. "I mean this has been something we've planned for a number of years and now we're at that point of time where it's going to happen."

The renovations will begin on Monday. Throughout the next ten months, the home stands, the press box and both of the field houses will be reconstructed. DISD also plans to construct a new entry plaza which will have a new ticket booth and be ADA compliant.

However, before these changes are made, the entire city of Denison is invited to participate in a blackout at the stadium to commemorate the its history.

"We're all trying to blackout the stadium to show school spirit," Ardrey said. "Players from the 1980s who played at Denison High School are coming and we're just showing our school spirit."

If you'd like to participate in the blackout you can buy one of these blackout items at "The Atomic G" inside the Rialto Theatre in Denison. T-shirts are $10, sweatshirts are $20 and hoodies are $20.