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Public invited to grand opening of PlainsCapital Park

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PlainsCapital Park – Lowrey Field, the newly renovated venue for Lubbock ISD athletic and band events, will be open to the public for the first time this Sunday, August 25 from 2-4 p.m. A ribbon cutting by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will kick-off the celebration at 2 p.m., followed by a brief dedication ceremony at mid-field. Coronado, Estacado, Monterey and Lubbock High School pep bands will perform, in addition to a combined LISD chorus. The community is invited to enjoy free food and commemorative souvenirs.

The first football game will be played in the facility on Thursday, August 29, when the Coronado Mustangs take on the Monterey Plainsmen in a spirited hometown rivalry. Football fans will appreciate the 1061 paved parking spaces.

Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr., Ed.D. said, "With the community's support of the 2010 bond program, we have made tremendous improvements to facilities across our district. From athletic facilities to classrooms, students will be the beneficiaries of this investment." "Our partners at PlainsCapital Bank have enhanced our opportunities and we value their longstanding commitment to Lubbock ISD."

In May 2012, PlainsCapital Bank announced a $3 million donation to Lubbock ISD as part of a sponsorship agreement, which included naming rights for the new sports complex. The donated funds were used to enhance academic, fine arts and athletic programs throughout the district. Improvements included: new document cameras, projectors and interactive white boards for teachers in non-core classes; additional instruments for elementary music classes; new band and orchestra instruments; a new video scoreboard and updated signage for the football stadium.

John Owens, West Texas region chairman of PlainsCapital Bank, said, "PlainsCapital Bank is proud to support Lubbock ISD and their continued initiatives to improve education, athletics and fine arts programs for students throughout the school district." He continued, "PlainsCapital Park represents a valued community partnership between the bank and Lubbock ISD, and we are honored to associate our name with this new sports complex."

A new press box that rises 85 feet above the playing surface houses a community room and operations facilities. A new field house with four dressing rooms, four trainers' rooms as well as spaces for coaches and game officials will easily accommodate double-header and play-off games.

The seating capacity of the stadium will be 8,500, including 72 ADA seats. The new press box also includes an elevator to make it accessible to persons with disabilities. New concession and restroom areas were completed for the 2012-13 season.

PlainsCapital Park is the athletic complex which houses Lowrey Field, where all LISD high school football games are played, Moegle Field, the home site for Monterey High School (MHS) baseball and the MHS softball facilities. All high school and middle school varsity track meets will also take place at PlainsCapital Park. In addition to the potential for many post-season play-off events, the stadium will also host UIL marching band competitions and events.

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