100 years of Gill fun and games
Central's soccer tem lines up to play Alvirne, during the Centennial Celebration of Gill Stadium on Friday, in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Gill goings-onThe Gill Stadium Centennial Celebration, which began with Friday’s boys’ soccer game between Manchester High Central and Alvirne of Hudson, continues with events on Saturday and Sunday. All events except for the performance that concludes the celebration are at Gill. Admission for all but the football game is free.
1-4 p.m.: Play on the Turf activities for all ages include races, a climbing wall, face painting and more.
4 p.m.: Marching bands from the city’s three public high schools and Concord High perform.
7 p.m.: Central hosts Concord in the football season-opener for both teams.
Post-game: Fireworks display.
10 a.m.: The Temple Band, considered America’s original town musical ensemble, performs.
11 a.m.: The re-dedication ceremony features local dignitaries, celebrity guests, and performances by the Average Joes Barbershop Quartet and the A.O.H. Pipes and Drums Band.
7 p.m.: At Veterans Memorial Park, the celebration concludes with a show by Vaud & the Villains, a 19-member Vaudeville-style ensemble from New Orleans.
Festivities for the 100th anniversary of the stadium continue today with kid-friendly events from 1 to 4 p.m., a marching band concert featuring Central, Concord, Manchester Memorial and Manchester West bands and a 7 p.m. football game between Central and Concord.
Constructed in 1913 by Amoskeag Manufacturing, Gill Stadium was originally called Textile Field. It was leased to the Amoskeag Textile Club for its baseball league until the city of Manchester purchased it in 1927 and changed the name to Municipal Athletic Field.
"We're very proud of our father. He was so dedicated to youth sports. It was his life," said Rita Gill Zember. "He never had an education and to get to the point he did, how can you not be proud of that? He was a great man and we're very proud."
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