New football field in Northwood after 2007 devastating tornadoNorthwood, ND (WDAY TV) - It was a farm field before part of the tornado touched down six years ago. Now, there's a new field here bringing a whole different kind of touchdown.
By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY
Northwood, ND (WDAY TV) - A tornado devastated the town of Northwood, North Dakota, in August of 2007.
Since then, residents have built new homes, a new school, and now: A new football field.
These images show the rubble Northwood was left with after a deadly tornado ripped through the town of about 1,000 people.
It was a farm field before part of the tornado touched down six years ago. Now, there's a new field here bringing a whole different kind of touchdown.
Here's the Northwood-Hatton Thunder taking on New Rockford-Sheyenne in the first game ever played on Tyler Field. For Thunder fullback Tyler Holden, there's a lot of firsts tonight.
Tyler Holden- Northwood Football Player: “The first game was really special; the grand opening on Tyler Field. My name is Tyler, so it was pretty cool; and got the first touchdown on Tyler Field, so it was pretty awesome.”
David Holden- Tyler's Dad: “To have a Tyler make the touchdown: That was really icing on the cake.”
Tyler's mom, Teri, congratulates her son after his big game. She says Northwood and the surrounding communities have come a long way since the tornado.
Teri Holden- Tyler’s Mom: “It just totally devastated the whole town, but we've come together; both towns, and made it work.”
That sense of teamwork carries over on the field. Opponents give each other a hand, the water boys rush to do their job well and they share some laughs while they're at it.
Nearly $55,000 was raised to build Tyler Field. John Hutchison helped organize the fundraising efforts.
John Hutchison- Helped with Fundraising: “It's made for football, and we're happy to be in our own place.”
It's named Tyler Field after longtime Northwood football coach Otto Tyler, who died of cancer a few years ago.
John: “I taught with Coach Tyler for over 30 years, and now, to have a chance to dedicate this to him and name the field after him has been fun.”
The Thunder caps off the night with a 35 to 14 win.
There are still a few things left to complete at the new field, including the press box, but organizers say it will be done this season.