Students cutting ribbon during the Stadium Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 2021

On Friday, August 20, 2021, a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorated Cincinnati Country Day School’s completion of a new turf field stadium. 
 
“This stadium project is an exciting step forward for our school,” said Rob Zimmerman ‘98, interim head of school. “Our generous donors have given us an athletic facility that matches our rich history and our bold ambition for the future.”  
 
The school hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the first home football game of the season to officially mark the opening of Brian J. Bortz Family Stadium, named so after a multi-generational Country Day family and lead donor to the project.   
 
“This $3.75 million capital project was made possible by 14 Country Day families, including our five lead donor families – the Bortz, Cicchinelli, DiSanto, Hildebrant, and Jurgensen and Alf families,” continued Zimmerman. “The incredible commitment of these families is a shining example of what can be accomplished when our community comes together, and a reminder of how Country Day has been built since its founding.” 
 
During the ceremony, field team student-athlete representatives cut the ribbon to mark the occasion, with the football team entering the field for their opening game by running through a ribbon-holding Nighthawk banner.  

“Our student-athletes, coaches, and families will all benefit from this amazing new stadium,” said Dennis Coyle, athletic director and head football coach. “We are all excited to watch our athletes compete on this field and in this stadium for years to come. Today is a great day to be a Country Day Nighthawk!” 
 
Construction began in May 2021 and was led by John R. Jurgensen Company, completing the project on schedule and on budget. The stadium renovation project includes: 

  • The Christopher R. & Susana M. Hildebrant Field, a multi-sport synthetic turf field and six-lane track. 

  • Home stand for more than 530 spectators, with an integrated press box. 

  • Visitor bleachers for 130 spectators. 

  • Modern LED lighting, sound system, and digital display ScoreVision scoreboard. 

  • Remodeled athletic entryway, incorporating seating and outdoor learning spaces. 

  • Remodeled Lower School play area, including an upgraded playground. 

  • Landscaping, which will occur this fall, to replace dying trees and invasive plant species with native trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses.  


Click here for pictures from the ribbon-cutting, first football game and all-community night.


 

Located on a 62-acre campus in Indian Hill, Cincinnati Country Day School has long been known for its academic excellence, character education, and diverse community. The school attracts students from 18 months through grade 12 from 70-plus zip codes throughout Greater Cincinnati and abroad. For more information about the stadium renovation project and the school, please visit https://www.countryday.net/support-ccds/srp