Monticello District 882 conducts groundbreaking for stadium complex

Monticello School Board members, District 882 staff, students and military service organization members took ceremonial shovels in hand Friday morning to participate in a groundbreaking for the community’s long-awaited multi-sport stadium project.

The complex, scheduled for completion next August, will have new Magic stadium with synthetic turf that will be used for football, soccer and lacrosse and a separate facility to the south for track and field events.

The new district sports facilities are being built between the west parking lot of Monticello High School and the playground at Little Mountain Elementary.

The home side for the football-soccer-lacrosse stadium will have 2,000 seats. Temporary bleachers from the middle school will add another 1,000 seats, and cement slabs will be placed onsite for portable bleachers, bringing to total stadium capacity to 4,000.

A veterans memorial will be located at the entrance to the new stadium. The memorial will take on a pentagonal shape creating five sections, representing the five branches of the U.S. military.

Each section will get its own plaque with inscriptions that have yet to be determined. There will also be three flags in the memorial: A Minnesota flag, a U.S. flag, and a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag with lights shining on them.