Legacy Field is official name of Greenville’s new football stadium

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:57 am on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Construction workers started putting up a wall that will ring around Legacy Field in November. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — A name has been chosen to stand the test of time and one that can be passed down from generation to generation.

The new Greenville football stadium officially will be named Legacy Field.

“Legacy makes a lot of sense,” said Superintendent Pete Haines.

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education approved the recommendation that came from the policy committee last month at Monday night’s meeting.

The student and staff committee received more than 180 suggestions on what to name the new stadium. The committee then supplied the policy committee with four names they thought fit best: Legacy Field, Alumni Field, Stinger Stadium and Heritage Field.

Board President Janet Ralph said many voiced their opinion about naming the field after a person. After going through all the suggestions, there were 14 different people on the list.

“I could think of another dozen off the top of my head,” she said, adding others could think of more too.
Ralph said those individuals are worthy of having a stadium named after them. But the district simply doesn’t have enough items to name after people who are deserving of the honor.

Ralph received a letter from Greenville High School athletic trainer Jeff Day asking that his name not be considered after many people around the community suggested the stadium be named after him. The letter says that Day wants the stadium to recognize everyone who made positive contributions to the athletic program.

Board Treasurer James Anderson was impressed with the thought the students and staff put into their recommendation for the names.

“It honors many,” he said. “It is a wise name.”

The committee, Ralph said, did a great job doing research and bringing the information forward.

“This is a big step forward,” Ralph said.