Lopez Foods Sports Complex at U.S. Grant High School Community Celebration

Apr 28, 2022

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On May 6, 2020, we officially broke ground on the softball field at U.S. Grant High School, marking the beginning of construction on the Lopez Foods Sports Complex.

Exactly one year later, on May 6, 2021, we celebrated the completion of the softball field with a ribbon-cutting event and held a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off construction on the baseball field.

And just last week, on April 21, 2022, we celebrated the completion of the Lopez Foods Sports Complex at U.S. Grant High School.

From start to finish, it has been less than two years since our shovels ceremoniously moved the first piles of dirt at U.S. Grant. And what a difference two years makes!

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U.S. Grant Softball Field Ground Breaking – May 6, 2020

In that short amount of time, we constructed a state-of-the-art synthetic turf softball field and built a brand new baseball field with a synthetic grass infield to go along with a new natural grass football/soccer practice field and track. With these facility enhancements, we’re happy to say the U.S. Grant High School campus is ready for prime time!

Community Celebration

With great fanfare and attendance from Oklahoma City leaders and community partners—including Mayor David Holt, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III, State Representative Mickey Dollens, OKCPS Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel, and U.S. Grant High School Principal Greg Frederick—we commemorated the official opening of the Lopez Foods Sports Complex with a community celebration event on Thursday, April 21, 2022. In typical Fields & Futures fashion, food, music, and festivities were involved. But the icing on the cake (or should we say chalk on the diamond?) was the baseball game between U.S. Grant and John Marshall on Cornish Field to cap off the afternoon.

The opening of the Lopez Foods Sports Complex signifies the beginning of a new era in athletics for U.S. Grant High School and surrounding South OKC communities. Students from elementary school through high school now have access to a state-of-the-art sports complex that will help them and future generations of kids find sure-footing on the field, in the classroom, and in life.

Community Partners

It would be an impossible task to list every single person and community partner that made the Lopez Foods Sports Complex and community celebration possible, but the following organizations deserve a special thanks for their support and involvement.

Oklahoma City Public Schools
Lopez Foods
U.S. Grant High School
Cimarron Construction
United Turf & Track
MA+ Architecture
Wes Welker Foundation
Cleats 4 Kids
Niagara Bottling
Echo Investment Capital
BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
Inasmuch Foundation
McLaughlin Family Foundation
Tango PR

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