HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Hope College officials this afternoon announced the new name of what was formerly known as Holland Municipal Stadium, but is now the Ray and Sue Smith Football Stadium. It’s in honor of the couple who gave nearly four decades of service to the Holland-based school. Starting in 1970, Ray Smith guided the Flying Dutchmen to a MIAA-record 148 wins and nine league titles over 25 years, and then spent another 14 as Hope’s Athletic Director, with the program earning 13 all-sports conference crowns, before retiring in 2009. The school closed on the nearly one million-dollar purchase of the facility from the city at the end of this past year, and plans to make a number of renovations. The city and Holland Public Schools will still be able to use the stadium, and it is planned to remain the football home of the Hope Flying Dutchmen and Holland High’s Dutch. A number of improvements to the site were made in 2012, including the installation of a Field Turf artificial playing surface, along a new northern drive that connects the football facility with the adjacent Etheridge Tennis Complex, Boeve Baseball Stadium, and Gordon Brewer Track. A formal christening of the the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium is slated for Community Day on September 14th.
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