With balloons, marching bands and cheerleaders, Saturday's celebration at John Burroughs High School's Memorial Field in Burbank might have been mistaken for a homecoming game. But the celebration was for something much more important – the long-awaited dedication of the rebuilt athletic facility, a $12.2 million project that had been in planning stages for at least a decade.
The new Memorial Field includes a football field, bleachers, lighting and a rubberized track and will be shared by Burbank and Bellarmine-Jefferson high schools for home football games.
Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes talked during his remarks about his memories on that field and said that home was where challenges are worked through and where residents celebrate themselves.
“Home is Burbank,” Talamantes said.
Following 14 months of construction, the dedication ceremony included a flyover, presentation of colors by members of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the singing of the national anthem by the John Burroughs and Burbank high school choirs.