Antioch High finishes new $7 million football stadium, debuts Friday night

A panorama of the new Antioch High football stadium and track. Photo by Luke Johnson

Panorama view of the new Eells Stadium at Antioch High School from the Home side grandstands. Photos by Luke Johnson

View from the visitors' side.

View from the Visitors’ side.

By Luke Johnson

The anticipation is finally over. Antioch High School’s brand-new and approximately $7 million stadium, is now complete and ready for use.

The original Eells Stadium, named for coach Walter “Dutch” Eells, was constructed back in 1955. The new field features artificial turf with Antioch’s signature logo of a panther jumping through an A on the 50-yard-line. The end zones are gold with the north side reading “Antioch” and the south side reading “Panthers” in black lettering. Uniquely, there is black turf surrounding the field representing the sidelines.

A long-awaited and much needed, rubber track was laid down around the field. AHS had one of the last remaining dirt tracks in the Bay Area and has not hosted a track meet in over five years. The stadium also includes upgraded facilities and equipment for every track and field competition.

New entrance for AHS stadium.

New entrance for Antioch High’s Eells Stadium.

Contemporary bleachers, with seating for a maximum capacity of 3,241, were constructed and painted gold, along with a multipurpose building that is used for concessions, storage and restrooms. Also a new and improved weight room was built near the portable classrooms, which is closer to the locker rooms and easier accessible for PE and other athletic programs.

The stadium, built with a portion of the $56.5 million from the Antioch school district’s Measure B bonds, for improving Antioch High, benefits football, track, soccer, graduation ceremonies and the annual powder puff game, which will be the first event hosted in the luxurious complex Friday night, April 24, as the Panthers take on the Deer Valley Wolverines.

On August 28, Antioch’s varsity football team will have its home opener against Acalanes. Athletic Director Steve Sanchez expects a packed house that night and said some tickets will have to be for “standing room only.”

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