Nick McWilliams reporting – Soil has started to move at the site of the new Indian Valley stadium, following Monday’s ceremony.

A sizable crowd gathered near the back corner of the end zone of the football’s practice field, surrounding a trailer and podium where local legislators, school faculty and booster club leaders all addressed residents.

Board of Education President Kathy Roth started things off with a “Move That Dirt” chant.

98th District Representative Brett Hillyer, a Claymont graduate, joked with the crowd that he looked forward to returning when his alma mater played against the Braves.

“Congratulations to all of you for all your hard work and putting this together. Putting this process … seeing it through from start to finish. I hope to be here in a year to watch the game between the Claymont Mustangs and the Indian Valley Braves.”

The main driving force behind the design and building process, ThenDesign Architecture and Beaver Construction, were also in attendance.

Athletic Booster Steve Carlisle thanked the school and the community for investing in the school and various sports programs that will benefit from the stadium and facilities.

“I’d just like to say thank you to the board for all their hard work and dedication they have to this project. They’ve spent a lot of time. I thank the community for their support. This will provide endless help for our athletic department for years to come.”

Attendees received small containers to save dirt from the groundbreaking as a memento.

The stadium and facilities are projected to be completed in roughly a year from now.

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