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1,500-seat stadium could be ready for RCs Aug. 28 opener
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Workmen from John Meintasis Construction are seen atop the Ripon Christian new press box at the new football stadium adjacent to Highway 99s southbound lanes. The building is on the 50 yard line and will stand 35 feet tall. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

The new athletic complex at Ripon Christian High is taking shape.

The stadium lights, scoreboard, and turf was recently installed in the future home of the Knights.

“If you haven’t been by in awhile… it looks awesome,” said RC head football coach Trey Ozenbaugh in a social media post.

He added: “This will truly be one of the finest venues in Central California right.”

Work on the 1,500-seat complex – included will be 1,000 seats and a press box / coaches’ box on the home field side – began shortly after the February ground-breaking event.

The scoreboard is in the end zone adjacent to Maple Avenue. Plans also call for putting in a religious cross and flag pole in that area.

The main entrance is on the opposite end, where construction is currently underway on concessions and restrooms.

This 3.65-acre field for football and soccer, once completed, will be a link to the RC baseball and softball facilities.

“It’s coming along nicely – it looks really great,” said athletic director and RC girls soccer coach Kevin Tameling.

He’s hopeful that work will completed on time for the Knights’ Aug. 28 season-opener against visiting Mountain House.

The project was made possible via fundraisers.

The work spearheaded by Cor 5 Construction Management is for Phase 1 consisting of the field, bleachers, lighting, concessions, restroom and retaining room tallying $1.1 million.

The other part – athletic complex arbor, stadium entry and memorial water fountain, and retaining walls – will come later.

For a number of years, the Knights hosted games at Ripon High’s Stouffer Field, Modesto Christian in Salida and Big Valley Christian in Modesto.

They’re thrilled to have a place to call home.

“This stadium will be a tremendous blessing for many generations to come,” Ozenbaugh said. “What a great experience it will be to play a true home game this fall.”