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DeSales High School ready to play in first 'home' game ever

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the past 60 years, DeSales High School's football team has never had a home game.

"Every time they've ever played a home game, they've had to get on a bus to drive to a home game," said Don Bowers, DeSales High School Athletic Director.

"Every other year we'd be playing Southern at Southern, and it would be our home game," said Doug Strothman, DeSales High School President.

Many high school campuses have limited space, with nowhere to go and nowhere to grow.

And for the past six decades, DeSales played so called "home games" at other schools, including Southern, Fairdale and Iroquois.

That was until President Doug Strothman took a closer look at his school's property.

"About three years ago, we started doing some studying as ways to improve our facilities, and we were looking at some property in the area to acquire, and literally just decided to take a better look at our campus and see if we could reinvent how it was laid out," Strothman said.

"A lot of people thought I was crazy when I said we could build a stadium here at DeSales."

Strothman proposed combining a turf football field and a turf baseball field together to maximize space.

The new stadium has 2,900 seats for fans.

"Our goal with this whole change here was to bring as many teams back on campus that we could," Strothman said.  

Football, soccer and baseball will use the new $7 million facility.

Once the decision was made to build the new stadium, Strothman went door-to-door to inform DeSales neighbors.

"Unbeknownst to me, they had been talking about maybe we should sell our houses to DeSales," Strothman said. "The next thing you know, we acquired five pieces of property, which allowed us to put a natural grass practice field on campus as well."

DeSales students and athletes are very excited about the new amenities.

"They're really pumped, and our kids deserve this. They deserve all the opportunities all the other schools have," Strothman said.

Come August, it's going to be a special opening night for students, staff, alums and fans alike.

"I don't think many of us thought it would ever happen, even when they started discussing it about three years ago," said Harold Davis, the DeSales football coach. "So I think the first night is going to be pretty big for a lot of people."

The Colts football team will host its first ever home opener on Aug. 19 against Fairdale.

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