Despite disappointing Helias loss, this night was still perfect

Helias played its first home game at Ray Hentges Stadium on Friday night. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- The night had its flaws, like the concession stand running out of hot dogs.

An hour before the opening kickoff.

But the night was still perfect.

The official's mike didn't work and the mike of Ray Hentges kept cutting out during his attempted address to the standing room only crowd at halftime of the Helias-Hannibal football game. Ray finally did something he never did during his Hall of Fame coaching career --- he gave up.

But the night was still perfect.

There was a 50-minute weather delay Friday night, starting at 9 p.m. with just 8 minutes left in the game. Due to lightning in the area, the stadium was cleared.

Some of those fans --- who were invited to head to Helias Fieldhouse, but the majority didn't return --- may not agree with this, but the night was still perfect.

Because this night will be remembered forever.

This night was a crowning moment for those who bleed Blue and Gold --- the six-decade road trip was finally over. But more than that, this was a crowning moment for our community, because we all care about what's happening here, especially with and for our youth.

The announcement came at 5:30 p.m. Friday: Ladies and Gentlemen, Ray Hentges Stadium is now open.

And with that, this beautiful 17-acre, $13 million dream became reality, as thousands of fans spilled through the gates.

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