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Consensus with fans, players: Renovation of Grape Bowl is a success

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Jimmy Hauger, 29
Real estate agent

“It looks beautiful. It’s nice to have something like this in town where you can play football, soccer.”

Ashley Jardine, 17
Lodi High cheerleader

“They did a really good job, and I think everyone’s happy with it.”

Jeff Paul, 17
Tokay High football player

“I wish I could have played (football) on it. I’ve been playing on it since I was 8 years old.”

Ken Norgaard, 46
Civil engineer

“The field’s really level and it’s just got a nice little slope across. It’s perfect.”

Denise Woods, 42
Lodi Unified School District teacher

“The field looks amazing. My daughter’s a senior (at Lodi High). We’re hoping in May it’s totally all ready.”

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Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 7:51 am, Fri Nov 19, 2010.

Lodi High fans came out in full force to the Grape Bowl on Thursday night, eager both to see their Flames take on the McNair Eagles and to see exactly what $3 million-plus buys you these days.

The eagerly anticipated first local high school game was held at the Grape Bowl in front of around 3,000 fans, who all seemed to have a similar reaction to Lodi and Tokay High's new home:

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:53 am on Sat, Nov 20, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Josh stated...This will turn out to be the best money spent by the City in a long time.

    Hope you are right... hope I am wrong...

  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:01 am on Fri, Nov 19, 2010.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Absolutely fabulous! This will turn out to be the best money spent by the City in a long time. You really needed to be there to share the excitement with so many people. (And I'm a Tokay parent). Of course there are still some things that need to be ironed out but I'm hopeful the community will help with the fund raising and complete this upgrade.



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