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Grand opening for Cactus Shadows Field House set for Jan. 23


Tara Alatorre

SCOTTSDALE – The Cactus Shadows High School will be hosting a grand opening event for their newly-built athletic facility the Falcon Field House, on Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

The Falcon Field House was built with bond funds, after the Cave Creek voters approved the request in 2014. With Cactus Shadows High School’s 32-year-old athletic facilities becoming rundown, and a steadily increasing student population that is expected to see continued growth, the Falcon Field House was a priority for the Cave Creek Unified School District.

“As we have expanded our entire campus and improved the buildings for our students over the past six years to keep up with our growing student population, the athletic facilities were the only thing left that needed to be improved,” said Dr. Steve Bebee, the principal at CSHS in an email interview.

The new facilities include new locker rooms, coaches’ offices, weight room, training room, ticket booth, concessions, locker area, public restrooms, and equipment storage. They also added four more tennis courts, a new softball field, discus and shotput areas, and resurfaced the existing tennis courts.

“Our athletic complex now matches the rest of the campus and our students have a school that meets their needs, and that they can be proud of,” said Bebee.

The school also intends to add new home bleachers that will seat 2,100 people, more parking for the athletic facilities, and will also be adding bleachers and press boxes to the baseball and softball fields.

“The entire complex is near completion and it is beautiful,” said Dr. Bebee.

Attendees at the grand opening celebration can expect a formal ribbon cutting, guided tours of the Falcon Field House and the other athletic complexes, and refreshments. CSHS is also encouraging people to stay and watch the varsity boys home soccer game, which starts at 6 p.m. after the celebration ceremony next Monday.

The CSHS athletic teams used the new facilities for the first time last week.

“The campus and facilities of Cactus Shadows now match the high quality education that has been taking place on our campus for years,” said Dr. Bebee.  “As a school community we are grateful to our taxpayers and we have a great deal to be proud of.”