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Renovation provides added comfort for WiLdKats

The new look of Fred Houda Field Stadium in Kimball following a series of renovations. The Kimball/White Lake WiLdKats will play their second game at the stadium since the renovations against Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 7 p.m. Friday. (Photo courtesy of Justin Blasius)

KIMBALL — The Kimball/White Lake football team has always had two homes, and one just got better.

The WiLdKats’ game against Miller on Sept. 27 marked the reopening of the Fred Houda Field Stadium in Kimball. K/WL celebrated with a 44-0 victory over Miller.

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The renovations include the addition of a press box, with room for coaches from both teams, and expansion of seating for fans. The sound system in the stadium was also updated.

“There was strong support from the community and booster club,” KWL head coach Dale Taylor said about the project. “Every weekend, people from the community worked on it, along with students helping during classes in the first part of the year.”

The new press box includes the WiLdKat Room, which is a climate-controlled suite with seating auctioned off for each home game played in Kimball. The WiLdKat room was built in honor of Lezlie Blasius.

Lezlie Blasius died in January after a 3 1/2-year battle with cancer. She was a teacher at Kimball and coached baseball, softball, track and cheerleading. The proceeds from the WiLdKat Room go toward future booster club projects.

Lezlie’s brother-in-law, Justin Blasius, is a director with the Kimball Booster Club and helped spearhead the renovations.

“This was a big step in the process of getting the facility where we want it,” Justin Blasius said.

The Kimball Booster Club received strong support from the community to help pay for the renovations. The cost for the project was in the neighborhood of $100,000, with a portion coming from the school and the rest from booster club fundraising, according to Justin Blasius.

The booster club sold corporate sponsorships and solicited private donations.

The renovations also include new storage and concessions, which Justin Blasius attributes to the vision of coach Taylor.

“More people can now sit in the stands for game and really enjoy the stadium,” Taylor said.

The WiLdKats played their first two home contests in White Lake, while the renovations were being completed.

K/WL will play its final home game against Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 7 p.m. Friday in Kimball.