Dover High Stadium a first class facility

Nick HallidayHeadlines, High Schools, Sports

Dover High football team lined up before a game, photo courtesy of Dover High Facebook

This summer, the 302 Sports staff is proud to feature some of the high school football venues where we have been fortunate to broadcast, and view games over the years.

Our series of stories continues with one of the newest venues in the State – Dover High Stadium.

There are several reasons to spend a Friday night (or sometimes a Saturday afternoon) at the Dover High Stadium. The football team has enjoyed recent success under Head Coach Chip Knapp, the concession stand and bathroom facilities are top notch, and then there is the marching band. The Senators band is one of the best in the state, and if you go watch a football game, be prepared to stay for the “post-game” show to be entertained by an exceptional drumline. Seating capacity is nearly 4300, and there is plenty of parking available.

Dover High Stadium is one of the newest in Delaware. The central location and “first class” facilities, make Dover High a popular spot for the DIAA to hold several championship events over the past nine years. The high school opened in 2014 after moving from the previous location on Patrick Lynn Drive. The original high school was right in the center of the city where Central Middle school is nestled between Delaware and Pennsylvania Avenues. Both nearby Wesley College and Dover High football teams played there until the school was moved in the mid 60’s to the spot off Walker Road. Wesley continued to play games at the high school until its stadium was built years later at 401 Clara Street. 

The Senators have a record of 18-7 since the 2018 season at home and are 9-2 under coach Knapp. Dover’s biggest rival is Caesar Rodney in a series called “The Civil War”. The series which began in 1935, was suspended during the 50’s. Dover has won the last five meetings and holds an overall advantage of 38 wins, while the Riders have won 30 times and there have been 4 ties. 

Dover advanced to last year’s class AAA championship game, falling to the Smyrna Eagles. The program won State Titles in 1977 (18-6 over Newark) and in 1988 (20-13 OT vs Sallies).

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