A vision born half a decade ago finally became a reality Thursday afternoon as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the new Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium.

“It reminds me of a quote we’ve heard a lot of the last few years — ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,’” joked Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb when she recalled a first meeting with Steve Loftis to consider a renovation project at the stadium. “We started this long, long ago, a day about 5 years ago when I got a call from Steve, who said, ‘Let’s go take a walk down by the bleachers and take a look. Maybe it’s time for something new down there.’”

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