The official re-designation of the playing field at Hammons Stadium was completed with the recent donation of $20,000 to the Hope Public Schools by the Bank of the Ozarks.
The playing field will be known as the Bank of the Ozarks Field at Hammons Stadium. The facility and field are located on the Hope High School campus.
Bank of the Ozarks Market President, Hope-Arkadelphia, Kevin Bingham expressed the banking company’s sentiment regarding the collaboration.
“Bank of the Ozarks is proud to continue our commitment in supporting Hope Public Schools in their efforts to provide well-rounded educations to the youth of our community,” Bingham said in a donation statement.
Bingham and Chris Cearley, Bank of the Ozarks vice president-Hope, made the presentation to Hope Public Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart, HPS Co-Activities Director Susan Powers and HHS Principal Bill Hoglund.
Hammons Stadium, built in 1937, some six years after the HHS campus opened in 1931, is the home venue of the Hope High School Bobcat football and soccer programs. The stadium is named for former HHS coach Foy Hammons, who lead the Bobcats from 1934-1945.
The synthetic turf playing field was installed in the 2011-2012 school year for play beginning in the 2012 football season. Originally named for Bank of the Ozarks’ predecessor, the playing field was renamed after the bank acquired Arkadelphia-based Summit Bank.
The project was part of an overall redevelopment of the east side of the HHS campus which ultimately included the addition of academic space, music program facilities, ticket and concourse venues for Jones Fieldhouse and Hammons Stadium, football game concession venue, locker rooms, training rooms, coaching offices and an indoor practice facility. Construction costs were financed through the re-issue of school district bonds approved by school district voters.
Hart expressed the district’s appreciation for Bank of the Ozarks’ partnership.
“Great thanks to our partners at Bank of the Ozarks for their commitment to Hope Public Schools,” Hart said. “We appreciate their generosity and we want to recognize their leaders for their belief in HPS and Hope.”