Athletic Facility Surpasses Fundraising Goal

OnFocus – Athletes and students in the Marshfield community will soon be playing football, soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, and running track events on all new facilities! Thanks to the generosity of more than 500 donors, the athletic facility fund-raising goal has been surpassed!

The campaign began in October of 2017 and the end result will be the Kenneth and Ardyce Heiting Community Stadium, which will be located on the campus of Marshfield High School. This new multi-use sports complex will accommodate football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field events, plus marching band activities. New baseball and softball diamonds will be constructed adjacent to the high school, as well as upgraded outdoor facilities at the middle school.

Kenneth and Ardyce Heiting are lifetime Marshfield residents and community supporters. Both Ken and Ardyce attended Marshfield area schools. Ken is a 1947 graduate of Marshfield High School. Through their significant generosity, the campaign quickly gained momentum and spurred additional support from so many other individuals and businesses.

“This has been an exciting campaign and more importantly an amazing project that will benefit thousands of students for generations to come,” stated Brad Haessly, campaign co-chair. “I’m grateful for the support of the many individuals and businesses in our community which have allowed us to reach our goal and make these long-awaited plans a reality.”

The Boson Company has begun construction on the project with the relocation of the bus transfer lot and student parking as well as site work for the new stadium, baseball diamond and softball diamond.

A special thank you to some of the campaign’s major donors: Ken and Ardyce Heiting, Hamus Family, Marshfield Tiger Booster Club, The Adler Fund, Ron & Robin Safford, The Harrington Family, Everett & Dolores Roehl, Arlon & Gail Haessly, Marshfield Area Community Foundation, Brad & Kendra Haessly, Trierweiler Construction & Supply Company, Forward Financial, 100 Extraordinary Women, and Team Schierl Companies: Subway, The Store, and Schierl Tire & Service. The campaign committee also extends a sincere Thank You to all of the community-minded supporters of this project who helped us reach this milestone.

“I’ve never been more proud of Marshfield than I am today,” said Amber Leifheit, Executive Director of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation and Marshfield School Board Member. “Our outdoor athletic facilities have been a topic of discussion for many years, and now we will have fields, tracks and diamonds we can be proud of to host many student and community events.”

The stadium and ball diamonds are slated to be finished in late summer and then work will begin at the middle school. Donations for the Building on a Tradition of Excellence capital campaign are still being accepted through the Marshfield Area Community Foundation for a limited time. A groundbreaking ceremony in being planned for mid-April.

-School District of Marshfield