North Royalton Stadium Foundation

2019 Annual Golf Outing


Saturday, June 29, 2019

10:00am Tee-Off

(9am Registration)


Briarwood Golf Course, 2737 Edgerton Rd, Broadview Hts

Registration: 9am • Tee-off: 10am • Cost: $100 per golfer ($400 per team)

This includes entry into all events: 18-holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, steak dinner, beverages and chance to win various prizes!  Turn in your registration form by Memorial Day for a chance to win a great golf related prize. 

Please Register by JUNE 14th: send in your registration form to

Ellen Kmetz : 12781 North Star Dr, North Royalton OH 44133 

Email: or Phone at: 216.402.0550

Click here for Team Registration Form

Click here for Hole Sponsor Form



The NR Educational Foundation & NR Stadium Foundation


The 9th Annual 

Taste of North Royalton


Thursday, November 7, 2019

5:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.

St. Paul Hellenic Center

4548 Wallings Road, North Royalton


Come and enjoy an evening out delighting in all that’s great about our local eateries.


Adult ticket $35 (food & drink)

Ticket Information:

Tables reserved for parties of 10!

Raffle Tickets at the door!

 July 08, 2013 
North Royalton Stadium Foundation 2013 Golf OutingView full sizeThe winning foursome of the North Royalton Stadium Foundation 2013 Golf Outing included Tim Baird, Matt Turk, Ryan Lehotsky and Nick Ciulli.
The second Annual North Royalton Stadium Foundation Golf Outing was held June 29 at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Station. The outing was organized by the North Royalton Stadium Foundation as a fundraiser for day-to-day upkeep of the stadium as well as future maintenance. The event raised more than $9,200.
This year’s champion was the foursome of Nick Ciulli, Matt Turk, Ryan Lehotsky and Tim Baird. The group needed a third tie-breaker to beat the foursome of Jim Thamann, Randy Radtke, Chuck Gibson and Dave Anderson. The winning group won golf balls, an engraved plaque and a round of golf at Weymouth Country Club.
Other prize winners included:  Rick Forney (Men’s closest to the pin), Mary Jo Gilligan (Women’s long drive), and Michelle Grubb (Women’s closet to the pin). The group of James Holdonak, John Baird, Tim Malley and Mike Barbo won the early bird registration prize of gift cards for a full round of golf at Sleepy Hollow.





North Royalton celebrates opening of the renovated Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium



The Bears played their first game at the newly renovated Gibson Field at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium in North Royalton on Sept. 2. Chuck Gibson, left, Superintendent Ed Vittardi and Bob Serpentini conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony before the game.









Quite a grand opening

Bears win as first-class Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium unveiled to North Royalton community

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The North Royalton marching band spells out its gratitude to the community for helping raise enough money to complete the renovation of the city's 71-year-old stadium. The aerial photo shows the end of the band's halftime performance during the football game against Revere.


The Post sports writer


More than a year's worth of planning, fundraising and construction came to fruition Friday evening when Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium and resurfaced Gibson Field officially were unveiled to the North Royalton community.

Prior to the start of North Royalton's football team's 31-12 home-opening win over Revere, there was a dedication of the renovated 71-year-old facility by North Royalton City Schools superintendent Ed Vittardi and a ribbon-cutting performed by Bob Serpentiti and former North Royalton High School principal Charles Gibson to commemorate the grand opening.

"On behalf of not only our entire school district, but also our entire school community, I am here to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the dream become a reality," Vittardi said.

"North Royalton School community, we have reason to be very proud of ourselves."

Proud they were. From current to former North Royalton athletes, to parents of past and present students in the district, the first official home football game was a satisfying moment.

"To come from the days of a cinder track and muddy field, it's a beautiful new stadium," 1995 graduate and former track athlete Brad Calabrese said. "The football, soccer and track teams of the community will support it well."

Said Azarie Battle, a senior co-captain on the football team and member of North Royalton's track program: "I'm so excited for it. It's just so nice and we're truly blessed to have it."

Pregame festivities at the stadium, initially built in 1940, included numerous student representatives from the district's various sports teams and band; students from St. Albert's the Great School; and community athletic programs holding the ceremonial purple ribbon.

School board members and the district's principals also participated in the on-field dedication.

"It's really exciting because we worked so hard to raise the money," said junior Ellyn Hanford, a track and soccer standout on the field for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and active in the fundraising efforts. Hanford is a member of the girls soccer program that opened the facility four days earlier with Holy Name, the other area high school that will call Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium home.

North Royalton's boys soccer team took to the new turf field for the first time Thursday, playing host to Shaker Heights. North Royalton won 3-0.

The stadium's several-phase project began initial renovations during the summer of 2010. Nearly all projects were complete for the grand opening. Minor additions still in the works, including the surfacing of the all-weather track and construction of the locker rooms, were not vital for the 7 p.m. kickoff.

Nor were they necessary to impress those who packed the stands.

"I think it's awesome," said Bill Orr, a North Royalton parent whose son currently plays football for the Bears and had two other children participate in sports that utilized the previous stadium facility. "It's something that's going to be a focal point for years and years. I'm an old jock. I'm sure a lot of parents of former players are saying they wish their kids could have had a facility like this."

Said Revere fan and Bath resident Ron Bassak: "This is my first time here and this is beautiful. I think it's welcoming."

In 2010, a $250,000 renovation of the visitor stands and paved walkways to the visitor and home stands was completed.

This past spring, several of the larger projects were completed including the installation of a 3,000-seating home grandstand which features The Panigutti Family Press Box, a state-of-the-art building with a rooftop viewing area atop the steep bleachers.

Also completed were two concession stands, upgraded restrooms and a multi-purpose, artificial turf field.

A significant portion of those projects were funded by the North Royalton Board of Education, but the North Royalton Stadium Foundation was established to raise approximately $1.3 million to cover the cost of the artificial field and track surface.

As of Aug. 11, the North Royalton Stadium Foundation had collected $1.09 million.

"I'm very impressed with Ed and the group he put together," said Orr, who participated in the fundraising efforts. "I told him it was a true definition of collaboration. It's just an awesome group of people. It just goes to show you what synergy can do when you get a good group of people together."

Greg Gurka, the director of personnel in the district, said the track surface was scheduled for completion in the next week.

Fundraising efforts are ongoing for the locker rooms and storage facilities initially planned for the south end of the stadium.

North Royalton head football coach Nick Ciulli not only was excited to have his team win its first game in the stadium surrounded by a homecoming-game atmosphere, he also was relieved his staff and players were able to deliver to those who came out to support the program and the project.

"Before the game I said, ÄòIt doesn't matter if we want to win, we have to win,'" Ciulli said.

Everyone who left the stadium that evening could say they were part of a big win, too.




See more photos in the GallerySection and the Opening Day Section 


Here comes the turf

Stadium press box, concession stand and bathrooms near completion



Photo by LESLIE A. PANFIL The new stadium’s synthetic turf is being unloaded and installed.


The new stadium’s synthetic turf is being unloaded and installed.


The Post contributor


The high school athletic stadium is abuzz with activity and despite heavy rains and blistering heat, construction is scheduled for completion by the school district's first athletic contest.

"I am very excited to see the progress on this project that is representative of an entire community effort. This truly is a community stadium due to the financial efforts of so many. The excitement builds for so many as every day we get closer to the reality. It's great to see so many folks, young and old, visit the site," said Superintendent Edward Vittardi.

The field turf arrived July 29 and the arduous job of installation is under way. Completion is expected to take about two to three weeks. The press box arrived July 26 and was installed on the morning of July 29.

"The home bleachers are well under way. They are installing the seating board and rail work. The center seats arrived on Thursday and are beginning to be installed. The construction crew is confident that they should be done by Aug. 11," said Vittardi.

While initially delayed due to several recent rainstorms, the asphalt paving was scheduled to begin Aug. 2. Other construction projects under way include: the shingling of the home and visitor concession stands, stucco work on the towers and cement work.




Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium recieves its new Press Box 

August 2, 2011






Never worry about finding a seat at the football game - its yours for the year!


~ Molded seat with back and arm rests 

~ Same seat every game 

~ Seating between the 40yd lines 

~ Admission included for all home games ($30 value)




WEEK 15 PICTURES - Updated 7/28/2011

See the Progress of the Stadium Renovation  

- view 15 WEEKS of construction progress by clicking HERE or go to the GALLERY link in the side menu bar


The New Press Box is on the way.


NRSF presents million dollar check

at school board meeting

    Photo by LESLIE PANFIL The North Royalton Stadium Foundation presented a check for $1 million at the North Royalton school board meeting.



The Post contributor


"While there is much more fundraising to be done, we have reached a milestone," said North Royalton Stadium Foundation Treasurer Barry Ezell. "We present this check to you in the amount of $1 million."

"We are very grateful to the North Royalton Stadium Foundation trustees," said Superintendent Edward Vittardi. "This group of remarkable individuals has spent the last year bringing together parents, community members, businesses and support groups to make a community stadium a reality."



          Total Donations - September 7, 2011








The Stadium Foundation Renovation Project is a collaborative effort between the North Royalton Stadium Foundation and the North Royalton Board of Education.

The North Royalton Stadium Foundation's sole purpose is to raise the necessary funds allowing us to renovate the High School Stadium with state-of-the-art synthetic turf and an eight lane all-weather track. The Stadium Foundation Goal is have the Project completely funded before February 2011 thereby allowing the construction of the turf and track to be completed before the 2011 fall sports season.

Calling all North Royalton High School Booster Members

Just Announced!!


 Click here to see the Current Athletic Complex Master Plan


We are proud to announce that the Naming Rights to the stadium have been purchased



The North Royalton Stadium Foundation hosted an exciting Press conference on Friday, November 19 at 9:30 am at the North Royalton City Schools stadium.  The Foundation and the North Royalton City School District announced that Serpentini Chevrolet has purchased the naming rights to the stadium for $100,000.  The field will still be named Gibson Field, after former North Royalton City School’s principal Chuck Gibson.


 “In 1997, the North Royalton field was named in Chuck Gibson’s honor.
 Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium, home of Gibson Field, has moved closer to the goal of being the host to more than just football.  Chuck was and is a great supporter of the three A’s: Academics, Athletics, and Arts all of which are part of the stadium plan,” said Ed Vittardi, Superintendent, North Royalton City Schools.  “Now, with Bob Serpentini and Serpentini Chevrolet’s commitment to our stadium project, we are one step closer to being the host to more than 200 events a year. Soccer will again return to the field, along with track meets, band competitions, youth athletics, community events, and so much more.”
At the press conference, foundation chairperson Larry Vasil thanked the contributors to the project thus far which has raised in contributions more than $500,000.  “What a successful five months it has been,” said Vasil.  “Our plan is aggressive, but our community is strong and supportive.  That is evident with the large amount of donations that we have received.”