Baymen pride was in the air as the Hampton Bays School District dedicated its new, state-of-the-art athletic complex to former school board president and well-respected community member Doug Oakland, who passed away this summer.
Held on September 4, the well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony paid tribute to Oakland, who was instrumental in the field’s construction.
“I know that Doug would be proud of the sense of community pride that this athletic field will create in the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen. “It is a symbol of strength in our community.”
Also speaking during the ceremony were Athletic Director Drew Walker, High School Principal Christopher Richardt and Oakland’s wife, Stephanie Oakland, who represented the Oakland family.
“We, as a family, are very honored that this stadium represents all that is great about Hampton Bays,” she said.
Following the speeches, Oakland family members, district administrators and Southampton Town officials gathered on the 50-yard-line to officially cut the ribbon on the new athletic complex, which features renovated track, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse fields, as well as a new football facility.
To conclude the program, Stephanie Oakland and her children, Briana, Caroline, Christian and Doug Jr., served as honorary captains for the coin toss of varsity football game.