Less than a week from Wednesday, construction fences will appear around Munson Stadium, cranes sporting wrecking balls will take up residence in the parking lot, and the sound of jackhammers will echo off the buildings of downtown Denison. The site of so many touchdowns will be torn down, making way for a new, state-of-the-art facility that will open its doors next year.

Less than a week from Wednesday, construction fences will appear around Munson Stadium, cranes sporting wrecking balls will take up residence in the parking lot, and the sound of jackhammers will echo off the buildings of downtown Denison. The site of so many touchdowns will be torn down, making way for a new, state-of-the-art facility that will open its doors next year.


But none of that will happen before "old" Munson Stadium hosts one last game, when the Yellow Jackets face off with McKinney North at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


The students of Denison High School have taken it upon themselves to bid farewell to the storied structure.


DHS’ cheerleading squad will host a community-wide bonfire and pep rally next door to Munson in Forest Park at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Organizers said the event will be in celebration of the stadium’s history, as well as to recognize the school building’s final year of service.


For the school’s last regular-season football game on Friday, the student council is sponsoring a "Black-out Munson" event, at which students and other attendees are encouraged to don black shirts and outerwear. Prior to the game, the school will recognize the senior class.


"This pep rally is not only about celebrating the Yellow Jackets securing a playoff spot, but also about honoring the last year of Denison High School at its present site and the last football game to be played in Munson Stadium as it is now," said DHS cheerleading sponsor Kay Shires in an email announcing the gathering. "We invite everyone to join us as we honor the old and celebrate new, great things to come!"