The $12.2-million facility that is home to the Bulldogs and Indians football teams, as well as Bellarmine-Jefferson, features a new athletic field with artificial turf, an all-weather track, new pole vault, long jump, high jump and throwing areas, as well as new bleachers, lighting, restrooms and concession stands.
Individuals attending Saturday's event were impressed and even in awe of the updated stadium.
Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes was a standout football player at Burroughs, graduating in 1971. He was one of many who was impressed with the way the facility turned out.
"I played football in this stadium and I ran track here as well," he said. "It looks so good now it makes me want to go back in time to be able to play on them now.
"In 1991, I was on a search committee to try and come up with a plan to get a new athletic facility here. Now, after 20 years, we were finally able to make that happen. ...It's long overdue. And to see how it turned out is just amazing."
David Machuca has a unique perspective on the new facility. Machuca is a 2002 Burbank graduate and played football for the Bulldogs. However, Machuca is also the new Bell-Jeff football coach, and said he is excited about coaching home games at the venue starting in the fall.
"It's amazing to see how this thing has turned out," Machuca said. "I remember playing here on a dirt field when I was at Burbank High. And now to have the opportunity for the kids to play on a brand new artificial turf in a brand new stadium is great. We at Bell-Jeff are honored to be a part of this and we feel fortunate to be able to play at this facility."