Formal Dedication Planned For DeConto Stadium in Sandwich

Captain Gerald F. DeContoSANDWICH – The Assistant Secretary of the Navy will be the featured speaker at the formal dedication ceremony of the new athletics stadium and complex at Sandwich High School.

The Captain Gerald G. DeConto USN Veterans Memorial Stadium is named in honor of Sandwich resident Gerry Deconto, who was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11. DeConto was a 1975 graduate of Sandwich High School; his family and friends organized the effort to build the stadium and install a turf field for the high school’s sports teams in his memory.

Assistant Secretary Sean Stackley will speak about DeConto, who was his classmate at the United State Naval Academy. Stackley served as a Surface Warfare Officer alongside DeConto. A number of DeConto’s classmates from the Naval Academy will also been in attendance.

“Blue Knight Pride is the theme of the event,” said Gerry DeConto’s brother David DeConto, who also served as the project’s chairman. “The complex is here for the students of Sandwich High and all other Sandwich schools, as well as for the general public. We want the dedication to reflect the role the complex will play in student and community life.”

The complex features the 1,500 seat DeConto Stadium, complete with a press box and scoreboard.

The complex also includes a state-of-the-art track and field area, a synthetic grass turf field as well as highly illuminated light poles for night use and visitors’ seating.

Friday’s dedication ceremony will be held at 6 pm, before kickoff of the 7 pm football game between Sandwich and Marshfield. The Blue Knights will have a tough test against the undefeated Rams.

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