NEENAH (NBC 26) — Next year, Neenah could lose a piece of the community that’s been in the city for 90 years.
Neenah's Shattuck Stadium will host its final football game on September 20. The Neenah vs Kimberly middle school games will feature a seventh-grade game at 4:30 p.m. followed by an eighth-grade game at 5:45 p.m.
The stadium opened on September 26, 1932, and is set to close almost exactly 90 years later.
Gary Parker was the head football and track coach at Shattuck from 1972-1991.
“I have a lot of great memories,” said Parker. “The players were excellent, and I had the backing of a great administration, and I was just very lucky.”
In all 50 years hosting varsity games, the stadium never had lights, so Neenah played home games on Saturday afternoons.
“Things were different obviously, the whole community would come here because it was in the middle of the day,” said Brett Armstrong, who played at Shattuck from 1978-1979.
The offer to purchase Shattuck middle school and the surrounding land made by Northpointe Development was approved earlier this summer.
Some community members feel like this is a loss.
“It was a real focal point of the city and of our high school experience,” said Armstrong.
NBC 26 reached out to the developer, but did receive a response.
For Armstrong, being back at the place where he faced many wins and losses brought back memories and emotions.
“A lot of friendships were here, and just good feelings from times past just rushing in,” said Armstrong.