ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Elmira High School celebrated their homecoming and a special stadium opening, this evening.  

Students, faculty, and community members came together at halftime for the Dick Senko field naming, and the Thomas J. Hurley Athletic Complex dedication ceremony. The new stadium marks a significant milestone in the ongoing actions to address contamination at the former Sperry Remington sites, which includes Elmira High School. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation helped out with the multi-year cleanup of contamination that was found below ground, on the school's property. Sean Mahar, the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the D.E.C., attended this event to celebrate his team's efforts. 

“We're excited to be celebrating with the Elmira School community and turning an important page to open this new field,” he said. “It's been a long time in the making to get the restoration work that's been done here...and it's really exciting to be able to see this new field be open to students today.” 

Mahar has been working for several years with the school's faculty for today's big ribbon-cutting. He added, after taking countless soil samples, it is confirmed that the field is safe for people to enjoy this school year.