Fenton High School’s new football stadium was formally dedicated as “Tiger Field” during the October 1969 Homecoming game between Fenton and Holly.
The largest crowd estimated to have ever attended a Fenton High School football home game, approximately 4,000, filled every seat in the new stadium and overflowed to all sides of the field.
During the half-time ceremonies, homage was paid to Ivan Williams, the high school athletic director. The evening had been designated “Ivan Williams Night.”
Mayor Jack R. Winegarden read the Fenton City Council resolution proclaiming that day as “Ivan Williams Day.” The Board of Education” gave him a night.
In 1969, Williams had already been a teacher at Fenton High School for 30 years. In 1965, he was elected to the Michigan High School coaches Hall of Fame. Clarence Heemstra of Grand Rapids, superintendent of Fenton schools from 1934 to 1949, who had hired Williams to Fenton, gave insight into Williams’ character and history.
A reception for Williams was held in the foyer of the new high school after the game.