Hill-Murray stadium construction coming along

Hill-Murray’s new $3.5 million “Mary, Queen of Victory, Stadium,” as seen from above. The school will celebrate its new stadium during homecoming week on Friday, Sept. 16.

There was a gathering at Hill-Murray High School in mid-May for an official ground-breaking ceremony for the school’s new stadium. At the time, there were numerous construction vehicles hauling and moving dirt. It didn’t look like much at the time but things have changed.

The school recently released photos of the progress and also announced that the stadium has been named. The stadium will be known as “Mary, Queen of Victory, Stadium.”

The name reflects the decades-long tradition in Hill-Murray athletics in which teams recite the prayer “Mary, Queen of Victory, Pray for Us” before competitions. The name also encompasses the vision of Hill-Murray: “to live our faith, honor our traditions and use our talents to serve others.”

The stadium renovation, a $3.5 million project, was funded entirely by donations. A celebration of the project will take place during homecoming week, and the grand opening will take place at the football game on Friday, Sept. 16.

“The new stadium is a signature piece of the Hill-Murray campus,” said new Pioneers football coach Pete Bercich in a statement. “The name of the stadium is fitting for a school that is built on values, community and the highest educational outcomes. We are thankful to the donors who made this possible for the students, coaches and faculty of Hill-Murray School.”

Bercich’s hiring was announced in May and he was introduced at the ground breaking. He replaces Rick Fryklund, who coached the Pioneers for one season and posted a record of 1-9.

The Hill-Murray football team opens the season with road games at Tartan (Sept. 2) and Henry Sibley (Sept. 9) before welcoming Hastings for the first game in the new stadium. The Pioneers host Mahtomedi on Sept. 23 and Park-Cottage Grove on Oct. 7. Hill-Murray’s other games this season are at North (Sept. 30), Simley (Oct. 14) and South St. Paul (Oct. 19).


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.




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