Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School broke ground on a new, $2.8 million stadium with a jam-packed party filled with food, music, and anticipation.

Warner stadium holds 400 fans, complete with artificial turf, a scoreboard, press box, pavilions, and patio areas and lights to make night games possible.

The stadium is a part of a five-year, $5.3 million campaign aimed to revitalize the school. Saint John’s Athletic Director, Pat White, notes that “the acquisition of the stadium will allow our student-athletes and coaches the ability to increase the quality of their practices. It will also allow our teams to have the best possible playing surface to compete on.”

Kara Phoubandith, the girl’s lacrosse coach, knows all too well about the practices in the backfields. Games weren’t necessarily “conducive” on those fields, she said, so games at the beginning of the season would be played at a turf field near Creek Park, at an additional expense.