After a year of construction, the long anticipated Black Knight Fieldhouse received its first guests during an open house on Monday evening.
Prior to the start of the girls’ basketball game, Farmington High School students took guests on a guided tour of the new facility.
“This is an extremely impressive facility,” said Matt Sebastian, president of First State Community Bank. “We needed a new facility for a long time, and I think it was money well spent. We should all be proud of what they built.”
After breaking ground in November of 2015, Brockmiller Construction has worked non-stop on the multi-million dollar project to make sure it was a facility that would service the school and the community for years to come.
“I think this is a magnificent facility,” said Amanda Farrell, a member of the board of education. “I think this is something the community will be able to enjoy for a long time.”
According to Dr. Nathan Hostetler, the high school’s principal, the new fieldhouse has room for about 2,000 people – 900 fans will be able to sit at floor level, 700 fans will have seats in the mezzanine level and there will be standing room for 400 fans around the indoor track.
In addition to the basketball court, students will be able to work out in the new weight room. There is space for batting cages, along with cheerleading and a Knightline practice area.
In addition, the fieldhouse will also be the home of the Farmington School District Hall of Fame which will have its grand opening at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11.
The first basketball game is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 21 when the girls’ basketball team squares off against Sullivan High School.
Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or at email@example.com