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Ribbon cutting tonight for new athletic stadium
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Ribbon-cutting for the Ripon Christian Athletic Stadium will take place at tonight’s non-league football game between Linden (0-2) and the Knights (2-0).

Alumni, community members, supporters of the school along with City of Ripon officials will be on hand for this special event that’s scheduled to take place immediately following the junior varsity contest.

Included will be the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 190’s John Dorsey and Ken Lawson.

 The varsity game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Faith Ozenbaugh, an eight-grade student at Ripon Christian, will perform the Star Spangled Banner.

Free shaved ice will be served to youngsters.

The $1.2 million facility had a soft opening of sort during Zero Week. But that was before it was spit-shined and completed.

Knights head football coach Trey Ozenbaugh at the casual occasion said the complex will be asset to the school for years to come.

The project was made possible by donors and the efforts of the Athletic Stadium Committee. The group looked at various stadiums throughout Northern California for inspiration of the RC stadium, Knights assistant coach Eddie Erdelatz said.

He called the 50-foot cross in the southwest corner end zone “the heart and soul of (the) school.”

The three-story press box – that’s counting the bottom storage space – was recently completed along with the field house or team room.

The facility, in addition, has all of the state-of-the-art hook ups, including fiber optics and Wi-Fi.

The natural grass surface is equipped with a sophisticated draining and irrigation system, using non-potable water.

The outside stadium mezzanine ties in with the softball complex and was designed to take advantage of the restroom facilities and concessions when spring sports roll around. A water fountain feature is also planned for the area.

Plans for the stadium went before the Planning Commission in 2012.

Meanwhile, another $75,000 is still needed to complete the project, according to the stadium group.