On Saturday, August 26th at 12:45 PM prior to the boys’ soccer match between the Granite City Warriors and Rochester Rockets the new entrance to Gene Baker Field will be dedicated. Funds for the project were raised by soccer alumni through donations to change and improve the entrance. The new pillars will have markers commemorating the eleven State soccer championship teams, Coach Gene Baker, and the Father of Granite City soccer Ruben Mendoza.
On Sunday, August 27th at noon the 45 minute film “The Legacy of Granite City Soccer” created by GCHS journalism instructor Andrew Crider and his students will be shown at the Granite City Cinema, 1243 Niedringhaus Ave, Granite City, IL 62040. Doors will open at 11:30 AM and cost is $5.00 per person. Tickets can be reserved by emailing Mr. Crider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film will highlight the beginning of Granite City soccer when Mr. Mendoza organized youth teams and leagues, Coach Gene Baker, and the State Championship teams.
A social gathering at the Elks Lodge, 4801 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040 will follow the events on both days.