Richland Two School District officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at Ridge View High School’s new football stadium, located at 4801 Hard Scrabble Rd., Columbia. The project was made possible by the passage of the $ 468 million Pathways to Premier Facilities referendum that voters passed in November 2018, according to district officials.
“We are building more equitable learning spaces and sports facilities in Richland Two,” said Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis. “We want every student in the district to be proud of their school facilities and we want our facilities to be the best representation of Richland Two as possible.
Davis and Ridge View, Dr Brenda Mack-Foxworth, thanked Richland Two’s board of directors, county and state elected officials, community members and all who voted for and worked diligently to make the stadium a reality. New facilities include a carpeted and air-conditioned press room, weight room and sports complex.
The Ridge View Blazers play their first home game at the new stadium on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Westwood High School. Heads of school will organize another half-time ceremony that will include alumni.
Richland Two will host a second groundbreaking ceremony on Friday August 27 for the new stadium at Richland Northeast High School. The Cavaliers take on Lakewood High School later today at 7:30 p.m. at their new stadium located at 7500 Brookfield Rd., Columbia.