Divine Child breaks ground on $3 million athletic facility

Students, staff, and faculty pose after the ceremonial "first dig" on a new $3 million athletic facility at Dearborn Divine Child High School on April 15. John Vena | Special to The Michigan Catholic

Students, staff, and faculty pose after the ceremonial “first dig” on a new $3 million athletic facility at Dearborn Divine Child High School on April 15.
John Vena | Special to The Michigan Catholic

Dearborn — Friday night lights are finally coming to Divine Child — along with a field and bleachers, which are also just as necessary to host high school football games.

Thanks to $3 million in renovations to the current athletic complex, which will include a new synthetic turf field, an eight-lane track, concession stand and stadium seating for 1,800, Divine Child will be able to play true “home” games for the first time in the fall.

“This gives us a chance to have a true home-field advantage, a chance to play under the lights Friday nights on campus,” said Colleen Johnson, director of advancement at Divine Child High School.

The new field will provide a play surface for football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field teams, along with other events open to the community, Johnson said. The Falcons currently play at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights.

The Divine Child Alumni Association contributed $1 million to the renovations, and the Toni Wisne Sabina Foundation, named after an alum who died in 2013, contributed $1 million.

An estimated 700 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony April 15, which featured the school band, mascot, athletes and speakers from the Divine Child community.

Divine Child pastor Fr. Jim Bilot doused the field with holy water before school leaders and contributors participated in the ceremonial “first dig.”

“This is another great addition to the Divine Child community,” said Brian C. O’Donnell, Dearborn city councilman and Divine Child alumnus. “Think of all the teams that didn’t have the chance to play a true home game. We’ve always had a world-class education; now we have world-class facilities.”