By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Those who have watched a football game at St. Johns High School in the past easily could get lost trying to find the Redwings' home this fall.
That's tongue-in-cheek, of course. But it is not an exaggeration on how much the school has improved its football home, which will be opened for tonight's varsity game against Corunna.
It's been a long-awaited event in the community four exits north of Lansing, which settled on the project with a May 2010 bond.
The former stadium certainly had its good points, including a welcoming small-town feel tucked in among the park and fairgrounds just to the north of the high school.
The new stadium sits in the same spot, but is a completely new build around the playing field. The first thing returning visitors will notice are bleachers, with 3,500 seats total including 1,000 on the opponents' side. There also are new entrances, team and officials rooms, press box, scoreboard, restrooms and concession area, plus bus parking among the added amenities.
St. Johns' football program has become a regular playoff qualifier and made a trip the MHSAA Finals in 2004. The new-look stadium provides a suitable home for the community to celebrate that success.
PHOTOS courtesy of St. Johns High School.