(09/30/13) - Flint's Atwood Stadium is now officially under the control of
The city handed it over during a ceremony Monday morning.
For so many Flint area athletes, Atwood Stadium is where they created a lot of memories.
"If you were from the Flint area, this is where you came to be an athlete," said Mike Harding, who played at Atwood.
Paul Staroba, who went on to play for U of M and later the NFL, was among the many athletes who returned for another historic day at Atwood.
"I played my very first football game here in 1964," he said.
"It's amazing who has spoken here. Kennedy has spoken here, John Dempsy has fought here. We've had skating events, boxing matches, football, it's been a real centerpiece for the community," said Dr. Robert McMahan, Kettering president.
After 84 years as a City of Flint landmark, Atwood Stadium is now under new ownership.
"Times are changing. We've played our role in being a good community partner and now it's up to somebody else to carry on," said Judge Duncan Beagle, Atwood Stadium Authority.
Many hope this transfer of ownership will help bring new life to Atwood and create many more great memories for those future athletes.
"I think maybe a new entity like Kettering, that maybe put a new charge into this stadium. A lot of people know about this stadium, a lot of people know about Flint because of Atwood and I think it will be a great thing," Harding said.
We're told fundraising is underway and the hope to begin significant changes and improvements to the stadium.
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