Grayson County dedicates newly renovated stadium

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INDEPENDENCE, Va. (WDBJ7) It was reminiscent of a college football game.

A P-51 Mustang from Concord, North Carolina flew over the newly renovated Grayson National Bank Stadium.

It was a moment worth celebrating.

"I was elated this morning," said Kelly Wilmore, the schools superintendent. He hasn't been superintendent for too long. Updating the stadium was one of his first projects.

"We were doing a walk through on the grounds and noticed how bad the bleachers were," Wilmore said.

County leaders deemed the stadium unsafe and immediately started building something new.

The new stadium seats are unconventional and cost effective. Instead of using aluminum the school system used pavers as a retaining wall.

"It ended up being about 75 thousand dollars cheaper than the metal and here we are," Wilmore said.

Friday night the school board and county board of supervisors dedicated the stadium.

In the audience watching it all was former superintendent Sidney Harvey He was over the school district decades ago when the first stadium was built and proud of this moment.

"I think the people in this county deserve something like this, they deserve the best," Harvey said.

There's one more new feature, a walkway in front of the bleachers with marked pavers now shows the names of people who have a special connection to Grayson County.