Muskies pep up fans for fall sports, stadium renovations

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Aug. 19, the Muskies got pumped for the fall sports season with the annual Fall Sports Kickoff. Though continuing renovations to Muscatine Community Stadium led organizers to make some adjustments to this year’s event, it still captured the magic of getting ready for the season.

Throughout the summer, construction has progressed steadily at Muscatine Community Stadium, with crews updating the bleachers, installing a new press box, and most importantly, adding a new turf field and track surface for student athletes to use.

With the athletics season quickly approaching, Activities and Athletics Director Tom Ulses feels confident that work will get done in time for Muscatine’s first home football game. “The crews are making tremendous progress,” he reported. “We’re on target to have it finished and usable by Sept. 3.” Currently, only the new track surface needs installing to complete this phase of the stadium’s renovations.

Though the location change for the fall sports kickoff gave the event a slightly different look, it did not put a damper on it’s many popular traditions. As in years past, the Booster Club sold dinner fresh off the grill, simply moving their cookout to the front of the school and providing seating for diners indoors in the commons.

In the gym, teams introduced their athletes for the upcoming season and several groups put on performances to get fans pepped up. Together, the cheer team and poms squad did a routine, and the marching band played as well.

For the first time, volleyball provided the nights concluding entertainment with a pair of exhibition games, with the first year and sophomore teams competing against each other in the first game and the junior varsity and varsity teams going head to head in the second.

With the Fall Sports Kickoff getting people in the mood to watch some good games, Ulses thinks Muskies fans have a lot to feel good about this season. With returning coaches in all sports, Ulses predicts that positive growth students started making last season will continue this year. He also thinks fans will delight in the Muscatine Community Stadium upgrades and enjoy attending games there now more than ever. “The two things I’m looking forward to are one, our student returning and finding their place on our teams, and two, finishing the stadium renovation and inviting the community in–they’ll like the renovation and it’s very exciting.”

In the weeks ahead, Ulses looks forward to hosting several large sporting events, including five home football games and both a volleyball and girls swimming invitational Sept. 4. Right now, Muscatine Community School District does not have any fan restrictions in place for sporting events, and Ulses hopes many people will come and see the Muskies play. “If our supporters are comfortable, they’re very welcome to attend,” he emphasized.