A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of the new stadium at Bloomington High School.  (Herald News photo by Alejandro Cano)

The Bloomington community celebrated on Oct. 6 the grand opening of the brand new football stadium at Bloomington High School -- and the beginning of a broader initiative to transform the campus.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held prior to the first home league game between the Bruins and Colton High School.

The ceremony was attended by State Sen. Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, and the entire Colton Joint Unified School District Board.

“We are a proud school,” said Bloomington Principal Sandy Torres.

The BHS stadium project included new home and visitor bleachers with total seating capacity of more than 4,200 with a press box, new parking area, and home and visitor ticket booths, concessions, team rooms and restrooms, according to district leaders.

In addition, the BHS baseball fields are also being renovated. This is part of an effort to accommodate the school’s needs, said Gonzales.

“A state-of-the art auditorium cafeteria, new baseball fields, and new student parking are currently under construction,” she added.

Daniela Lopez, the ASB president, said that already school pride has increased, with several alumni taking interest in attending the school’s games and events. Lopez thanked the district leaders for their work and commitment and added that many memories will be made at the new stadium.

The stadium will host football games as well as track and field and soccer competitions. Now, BHS has a place of its own to host graduation ceremonies.

The celebration included performances of the songs "High Hopes" and "Seize the Day" by the school's musicians.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, the BHS band passionately played the Fight Song, which was applauded by alumni in attendance.

According to the district, the new stadium is only the beginning of several projects that would improve the quality of education for students. There are also plans to break ground on a new stadium at Colton High School.

The projects are possible thanks in part to a voter-approved $225 million Measure G school bond.

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