By JESSIE HORTON
October 23, 2019
DUBLIN — Dublin ISD has announced the name of their new football field and it couldn’t be more fitting – the Bob and Norma Cervetto Field.
“I mean it’s surreal and so humbling to think this district would name the field for Norma and I,” Lions Head Coach Bob Cervetto said of the decision on Wednesday. “It really is all about the kids for us and we’re so excited and blessed to be a part of this district already. It’s just, wow, it’s emotional.”
“When I presented the idea for naming the field after coach to the board, I told them I couldn’t think of a better man,” said Dublin ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider. “This will be a wonderful addition to the campus and a huge improvement on the overall safety of our students.”
Cervetto, whose Lions are currently undefeated in district play this season and sit atop District 7-3A, said the new field will be eye-catching with it’s alternating green turf and bright yellow end zones. There will be a Texas with the Lion for centerfield that Cervetto said will really bring a pop he’s excited to see.
The field, which is being built on the bone of the Lions’ practice field, is next to the Dublin Secondary Campus and already has a new track surrounding it. According to Schneider, the groundwork for the new turf is being done this week and the field will be ready for the Lions’ first home game of the 2020 season.
“They’ve already started work on the area where the turf will be laid and pouring some concrete for the bleachers,” Cervetto said. “But we play our last home game in the old Memorial Stadium on Friday, Nov. 1, and there will be a crew on Monday, Nov. 4, to pull the home stands out of there for the new field.”
Schneider said the old home stands would be used for the visitors’ seats at the new field and the home side will have an extra 1,000 seats.
“We’re increasing seating on the home side by adding 500 seats on each side of the original home bleachers,” he said.
The new field, or the turf and the bleachers, will cost the district an estimated $2.1 million. However, school district officials said the increase in safety and participation will be a huge benefit to the district. And to help offset the cost, officials say the use of facilities by other districts will bring in funds to the district.
Cervetto said Dublin ISD already has a marching band festival planned for October 2020 and other inquiries coming in all the time.
“We’re excited,” he concluded, “It’s an honor for the field to bear our name, but it’s more exciting for this district and these kids.”