As the line from the famous movie goes, “If you build it, they will come.”

For the $2.2 million Anderson Complex at Stoughton High School’s Collins Field, the expectation is the new renovations will bring in not only more events to the community, but more dollars, as well. The Stoughton Area School District hosted a grand opening last Saturday of the new athletic complex, which includes an artificial turf field, seating for people with disabilities, a new press box, and home side concessions and bathrooms.

The SHS football team is set to play its first game on the new field on Friday, Sept. 16 against DeForest.

District officials said the former grass surface limited opportunities for use and required extreme maintenance, while the new artificial turf field will allow for football, soccer, lacrosse, and other field sports, as well as marching bands, physical education classes, tournament hosting and other potential community events. According to the district, the artificial turf is expected to provide for an additional 30-40 events per year, bringing additional revenue to community businesses.

Contact reporter Scott De Laruelle

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