• Thank you to those who helped make the Light up the Field event possible

  • Bellefonte Area School District would like to take a moment to thank those who made the inaugural Light up the Field event possible. The event, Aug. 12-14, helped the district kickoff the opening of the Rogers Stadium complex – home to the football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field teams, in addition to other extracurricular and athletics programs from the district that have the opportunity to use it for other activities.

    A special thanks to Holly Wilson, the legislative aid for Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte) who was the force behind making the event possible, in addition to Bellefonte Area school board members Kim Hearn and Rod Musser, and Vice President Bob Lumley-Sapanski who also headed up the committee.

    Roger Stadium, named in 1992 for longtime football team physicians J. Coburn and Hugh J. Rogers, includes closed bleachers that seat nearly 4,000 people; two concession stands; new restrooms; team rooms; an official’s room; athletic training room; and more. It is also ADA compliant with a parking lot on the south end of the field. The track and field area is named in memory of two late Bellefonte Area High School graduates, Jeremy Herbstritt and Lt. Jonas Panik, and longtime coach Dave Schaub who still volunteers with the track and field program. There is an eight-lane track with throwing and jumping areas. The lights will also be used to light up the field when necessary and will also be open for community use during non-student activities and events.

    We are beyond thrilled to finally share this facility with our community and school, and are grateful to those who made it possible.

    To learn more about Rogers Stadium, visit this link: https://www.basd.net/Page/14694. To contribute to the capital campaign, visit this link: https://www.basd.net/Page/14094

  • An appreciation to others include:

    • BAHS cheerleaders
    • BAHS marching band
    • Aaron Barto, district facilities director and safety coordinator
    • BASD athletic programs – athletes and coaches
    • BASD custodial crew
    • BASD school board
    • Ken Bean, district director of fiscal affairs
    • Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair
    • The Bellefonte business community
    • Bellefonte Intervalley Chamber of Commerce
    • Bellefonte Reads
    • Rep. Benninghoff
    • Donors who contributed to the Capital Campaign
    • DJ Jordan Emely
    • Eric Funk
    • Keith Hamilton
    • Bonnie Hampton
    • Brandon Hearn
    • Mike and Peggy Herbstritt
    • Patti Hillard
    • Kay Kustanbauter
    • Local media and news outlets from Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton and Lycoming counties
    • Seth Miller, BAHS track and field coach
    • Deb Moore, district athletic director
    • Parent Teacher Organizations from elementary schools across the district
    • Skip Reichert
    • Michelle Saylor, BASD superintendent
    • Students groups from Bellefonte Area middle and high schools
    • Various booster clubs
    • Velveeta
    • Victorian Signs
    • Weis Markets
    • Bonnie Walter of Bonnie Blues