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Archbishop Shaw High School Breaks Ground on New Stadium

Groundbreaking for the new Archbishop Shaw High School stadium took place on November 1st, 2017 with the student body and school director Father Lou Molinelli joining in prayer to bless the project. The multi-use complex will be located on Archbishop Shaw’s current campus, and will truly be a great and unique project for the Westbank community in conjunction with aiding the mission of both the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

The first phase of the project will seat 3,000 people and is expected to be completed by February 2018. Permanent lighting, a permanent restroom facility, a turf field, and a concession stand will come in later phases when the money is raised.

Eagle Athletic Facilities L3C, a new low-profit limited liability company was formed to aid in the building of the stadium and the development of Archbishop Shaw’s campus to enhance and enrich the overall experience of the students. The L3C entity entered into a 30-year lease with the Archdiocese of New Orleans to develop a multi-use stadium complex for the benefit of various school and archdiocese middle school use.

John Dalton, Shaw class of ’92, with Dalton Architects Inc. is the lead for design and construction of the complex. Dalton designed the stadium as a thesis project for architecture school and is excited to see his plans come to fruition. Archbishop Shaw will be the first Catholic league school in the New Orleans metro area to have its own football stadium. Tim Falcon, Chairman of the Greater New Orleans Rugby Foundation and coach of Shaw’s Rugby Team will also be bringing a professional rugby team to the new complex. Team NOLA Gold will begin league play in 2018 and will be New Orleans’ first professional Rugby team franchise and will be the pinnacle of the sport in the American South East.

This stadium promises to be a major addition to not only Archbishop Shaw High School, but the entire Westbank area.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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