Richland School District Two officials held a ribbon-cutting 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 bond referendum that voters passed in November 2018, according to district officials.

“We are building more equitable learning spaces and athletic facilities in Richland Two," Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said. "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 principal Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth thanked the Richland Two Board of Trustees, elected county and state officials, community members and everyone who voted for and have worked diligently to make the stadium a reality. The new facilities include a carpeted and air conditioned press box, weight room and athletic field house.

The Ridge View Blazers will play their first home game in the new stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Westwood High School. School leaders will hold another ceremony at halftime that will include alumni.

Richland Two will host a second ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Aug. 27, for the new stadium at Richland Northeast High School. The Cavaliers will take on Lakewood High School later that day at 7:30 p.m. in their new stadium located at 7500 Brookfield Rd., Columbia.

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