Opening ceremony for BNH Stadium will precede tonight's Sachems kick-off

LACONIA — The Grand Opening of Bank of New Hampshire Stadium at Laconia High School is tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Ceremonies will be followed by the kick-off for the Sachems vs. Pembroke Academy football game at 7.

Festivities will begin with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the main gate to the stadium at 6.

After the ribbon cutting, there will be time to mingle. At 6:45 p.m. City Manager Scott Myers will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and will provide recognition to the corporate sponsors, contributors to the Wall of Fame and those who purchased granite steps leading to the stadium as part of a fundraising campaign.

Myers said the representatives from the School Board, the Joint Building Committee, the City Council, the school administration as well as coaches and players of the various sports teams will be recognized.

The Laconia High School Marching Band will play the Star Spangled Banner and the football game will follow.

Superintendent Terri Forsten said the LHS Marching Band will perform at half time. "They're really excited," she said, noting the band has been putting extra time in getting ready for the festivities.

The new stadium was completed this week as part of nearly $14-million campus renovation/expansion project that included a new building housing programs at the Huot Regional Technical Education Center. Five new LHS science labs were added in a portion of the campus formerly used by the Huot Center.

The actual FieldTurf playing surface at the stadium will be named for former LHS football coach and athletic director Jim Fitzgerald at a dedication ceremony associated with this year's homecoming game on September 27.