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Marion Ashley Stadium Dedication

Juan Lemus & Mayor

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley in front of the scoreboard at the Heritage High school's new stadium which was named in his honor.

It’s official.

Heritage High School’s state-of-the-art athletic complex is now known as Marion Ashley Stadium, named last week in honor of the Riverside County supervisor who as a kid played football, baseball and soccer on fields of dirt.

That’s a far cry from the prescription athletic turf gridiron the Heritage High School Patriots tussle on and the manicured baseball and softball diamonds and track surface where other athletes ply their expertise.

The complex was dedicated Friday during the Patriots game with Beaumont. Also present were Perris Mayor Daryl Busch, supervisor Jeff Stone and Jonathan Greenberg, superintendent of the Perris Union High School District. Heritage High School in Romoland opened last year. The $2.3 million athletic complex was not completed until a few days before the dedication.

Ashley grew up in the Perris Valley and graduated from Perris High School. As an elected official, he worked to obtain funding for Heritage High School, which he said will become a major focal point for the once-rural and rapidly changing community just east of Perris.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Ashley said. “This is a beautiful complex surrounded by beautiful hills. If we had had this kind of stadium when we were kids, we’d have thought we died and gone to sports heaven. I appreciate this honor very much.”

The stadium at 26000 Briggs Road took 14 months to go from grading to bleacher completion.  
Ashley Stadium boasts a complete artificial turf field with an all-weather composite track for track and field competition and soccer matches. The facility can hold 4,500 people and has the lighting power to accommodate live television and web broadcasts of football games.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff joined in the halftime festivities to honor Ashley, who was presented with a Heritage High School letter jacket during the dedication ceremony.
Stone drew thunderous applause when he called Heritage High and its athletic field second to none and credited it to Ashley, who he called “an extraordinary man and an extraordinary American.”

“This is one of the finest-looking high schools and one of the finest-looking stadiums I’ve ever seen,” Stone said.