Has there ever been a better night in Revere sports history?
We’re talking about the grand opening ceremony and celebration of the new Harry Della Russo Stadium that was held Friday night before the Medford-Revere varsity football game.
After years of talks and plans, Mayor Dan Rizzo saw his vision for the stadium become a reality with the opening of the majestic $8.5 million athletic complex.
The facility itself looked glorious with the Revere Patriots’ emblem painted in the middle of the field. The regulation track, tennis and basketball courts place the facility in a class by itself in this area.
The new fieldhouse was appropriately dedicated in memory of Silvio Cella, who led the RHS athletic program and its director and the RHS football team as head coach for many years. The players from Mr. Cella’s incredible 1973 football team that won every game on its way to the Super Bowl were deservedly recognized.
It was great to see former Revere player and coach Mike Cella accepting the plaque on behalf of the Cella family. Mike followed in his father’s footsteps and left a tremendous impact on all the athletes he coached in Revere.
Coach Lou Cicatelli and the new-look RHS football team added to the magical night by going out and defeating Medford in the season opener. It appears that Revere will be a team to watch this season.
All in all, it was a festive and satisfying evening to be a Revere resident or a Revere High athlete, knowing that our field of dreams has finally arrived in the city.
We look forward to many more enjoyable nights and days at Harry Della Russo Stadium.