They do for Canandaigua City School District residents, students, faculty and administrators who gazed out over Braves Field Thursday night.
May 18 marked the end of a decade-long journey to upgrade athletic fields and resources at Canandaigua Academy, as a grand opening was held to officially launch the district’s new facility.
Three capital project votes and $13.4 million after planning began, the new Home of the Braves athletic complex now includes a new exhibition field, a Section V-compliant track and field, tennis courts, a multi-purpose turf field, stadium seating for 1,000, field lighting, a spacious two-story locker room facility, a shiny new press box, a top-of-the-line concession stand, a two-story equipment storage facility, public restrooms, and a new parking lot accessible by North Road.
“This project is a ten-year dream in the making,” said Board of Education President Jeanie Grimm. “None of this would have happened without the vision and the leadership of our Superintendent, Lynne Erdle.”