The newly-renovated Hutto Memorial Stadium is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 10.

The $17.8M renovations made to the stadium include increased seating capacity from 4,700 to 10,000, a new multilevel press box, new restrooms and improved disability access. Construction on the renovations began in February.

Originally slated for September, the reopening was delayed several times due to setbacks including weather conditions and material shortages.

Hutto ISD began using the stadium for games Oct. 29, but the ribbon-cutting marks its official completion and opening to the public.

Though the stadium will host all kinds of sporting events, its use extends beyond that, Hutto ISD Board of Trustees President Billie Logiudice said. Cameras and production equipment in the stadium's press box will be largely operated by students, providing opportunities to gain experience in fields like video production and journalism.

"This complex also serves as an extension to the traditional indoor classrooms ... by providing innovative hands-on learning environments," Logiudice said.

The increased seating in the stadium is intended to accommodate not only Hutto High School but also the Ninth Grade Center when it eventually becomes the district's second high school.

Hutto ISD Athletic Director Brad LaPlante said he is excited to finally put the stadium to use.

"This awesome state-of-the-art venue ... will touch more students, community members [and] family members than any other building in the city of Hutto," LaPlante said. "I can't wait to see you out here again."