Jefferson Alum Makes Push For A Stadium

ROCKFORD-Swanson Stadium at Guilford and Wyeth Stadium at Auburn have served the four Rockford Public High Schools for decades. What are the chances of a third stadium being built? One Rockford man would like to see it happen.

David Law is a 1993 graduate of Jefferson High School. He thinks it’s time for Jefferson to have it’s own stadium

"I feel Jefferson needs a stadium for a couple reasons. One to bring back the winning spirit of football by having a home field of their own.  And calling it Jefferson’s own football stadium would not only do that, but also bring in more fan base," he says.

Jefferson has the space for a stadium. The current freshman game field and varsity practice field is plenty large enough. Law says the stadium could also be used for other sports and activities.

"My vision does have an all-purpose stadium where it would have track meets, possible soccer tournaments, football tournaments for middle schools," says Law.

Law believes a stadium similar to Belvidere North’s Milt Brown stadium is doable for Jefferson. That could cost a million dollars. Rockford Public School District 205 officials have met with Law to discuss his vision. They’re impressed by his passion for Jefferson, but for now any money for a new stadium would have to be raised through fundraisers and private donations generated by the Jefferson Fan’s Association and by alumni. Taxpayer dollars aren’t an option.

Law says he has already reached out to one of Jefferson’s most famous graduates NASCAR’s six-time Cup Champion crew chief Chad Knaus.

"He likes the idea," says Law, "So I’m getting some support from him as well."

Law says he would like to see a stadium up and running by the start of the 2018 school year. That’s the 40th anniversary of Jefferson High School.

Law already has one fundraiser organized an evening of moonlight bowling. It'll be held Saturday, October 18th at Park Lanes at 5318 North 2nd Street in Loves Park. There's a $40 cost per couple. That covers the bowling, and an 'All You Can Eat' Pasta Buffet. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and other raffles, plus a silent auction and a live band will perform.

The event is being put on by the Jefferson Fan's Association (Not District 205). Check-In will be at 9 p.m. There will be three games of Scotch doubles 9-pin No Tap. All proceeds will benefit the Rockford Jefferson Football Stadium Fund.

32 lane sponsorships are also available for local businesses.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact the Jefferson Fan's Association or David Law at (815) 793-6362.

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