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Harry E. Lang Stadium: What to know about the new 1A/2B Gridiron Classic site in Lakewood

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The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association voted Monday unanimously to approve three outdoor sites in the Greater Tacoma area — Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma Stadium (5,000-plus capacity), Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium (4,500) and Lakewood’s Harry E Lang Stadium (4,000) — to host the state football championships on Dec. 7.

Here's everything you need to know about Harry E. Lang Stadium:

Location: Lakewood (11023 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest).

Opened: 1939 as Thompson Field; 1985, remodeled and renamed Lakewood Stadium/Harry E. Lang Stadium.

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Biggest event hosted: 2008 Class 3A state football semifinal game between Capital and Bellevue.

Capacity: 4,000.

Amenities: Large on-site parking lot in south end of facility (with another auxiliary lot just to the east side of that lot); one ticket gate and entry point on the southeast side of the venue; one permanent concession area next to the ticket gate (with an option of mobile concessions just to the south of that); restroom areas under both covered grandstands; spacious walking areas around the stadium.

Recent upgrades: New synthetic-grass field surface was installed in 2015.

Gridiron Classic game schedule: Class 1A game at noon; Class 2B game at 4 p.m.

Quotable: “It’s been a few years (since we’ve hosted state soccer there) … but they have the same footprint as Sparks Stadium. We are going to get the same positives.” - WIAA assistant executive Andy Barnes