YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Rayen Stadium in Youngstown was founded 98 years ago. For the first time since then, the school district unveiled a brand new field.

On Monday, members of the city and the school district welcomed the community for a ribbon cutting.

For the first time in almost 100 years, both Chaney and East high schools will be playing football on a new field. It’s turf with rubber pellets and in the center is the Youngstown City School District logo, along with the names of all six high schools that were all once part of the same school district.

“We want to honor everyone who has been here. We want to honor the past and continue to honor the past,” said Superintendent Justin Jennings.

Jennings says he caught some pushback for not putting Rayen at the top.

“For those of you who know me, I’m going to do it educationally and it’s in alphabetical order,” he said.

Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown is a graduate of Rayen High School.

“As I remember my time at Rayen High… there it is, tigers in the house,” Brown said.

Brown says his time playing on the field shaped him into the person he is now. He went on to say they are building for the next generation.

“What can we do for them? How can we impact them? How can we help them? And this right here is a good opportunity for everybody. No matter what your difference. No matter what side of town you come from. No matter how you line up on the ball or across from the ball,” Brown said.

There was a demonstration by both high schools’ cheerleaders. Then, both football teams took to the field and split the field at the 50-yard line while each person’s name was announced.

Jennings says this is just the beginning.

“There’s also going to be a baseball field that’s going up at East. We’re also going to do the track and field at Chaney and also there will be a middle school football field at Martin Luther King,” Jennings said.

East High School will play on the field this Friday and Chaney will get their turn next week.