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Monarch stadium opening postponed

Monarch stadium opening postponed

School board decides to push back opening of new football stadium in order to make sure new track is adhered correctly

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EXETER – The Exeter Union High School football team will have to wait even longer in order to play their first home game inside Monarch Stadium. On Sept. 21, Exeter Unified School District (EUSD) Superintendent Tim Hire made the decision with contractor, Valley Precision Grading, Inc, to postpone the first game of the season in their newly renovated home.

Since the District broke ground on the project back in August the Oct. 6 deadline was rather lofty. To put the deadline all but out of reach, it was discovered during construction that the current all-weather track did not properly adhere to the base. In order to make sure that the new track properly sets the District is taking their time putting on the new surface.

“Making sure that the entire track is stuck to the base is extremely important before we go and put something else over the top of it,” said Hire.

Hire added that there are no issues with the turf being installed on the football field itself.

The Exeter Monarchs football game this Friday night against the Kingsburg Vikings has been moved to Strathmore High School. Kickoff is still scheduled for 7 p.m.

Exeter’s first home game is scheduled for Oct. 20 against the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers. On Oct. 19 there is a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled at the stadium.

Homecoming has been pushed back to the team’s last game of the season on Nov. 3 against Dinuba. Both homecoming and senior night will take place at that game.

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