The renovations at Howard Fellows Stadium at La Salle-Peru High School brought many upgrades to the school and the community, but for Borderline Bar and Grill in La Salle it brought the opportunity to hold a piece of local history.
Through the help of La Salle city and La Salle-Peru High officials, the local business was given the football field’s old goalpost for display in its parking lot.
“You can definitely notice it when you’re coming into town and come by,” Borderline owner Sharon Sadnick said. “You can definitely see it.”
Borderline owners Doug Zera and Sadnick mentioned the idea came from seeing the old goalposts laying in the school’s parking lot during construction and they thought they could give a second use to the piece of L-P football history.
Sadnick said the approval process wasn’t too difficult and mentioned a lot of officials thought their use of the goalpost was a good idea to keep a piece of local memorabilia on display in the city of La Salle.
The goalpost was installed Monday after the business went through the necessary steps to secure it to the ground.
The bar and grill’s customers were excited to see the addition to the establishment’s parking lot and Sadnick said the community has already taken note of it.
“(The customers) all think it’s cool,” Sadnick said. “They all think it’s neat. We had a couple that was eating breakfast at the restaurant come over because they saw it and they wanted to know what was going on.”
Sadnick also said some customers have mentioned they want to have tailgates in the area surrounding the goalpost. The owners are hopeful during next year’s LPHS football season this may become a possibility.
Moving forward, Borderline Bar and Grill might be receiving the second old goalpost for display as well; but at this point the owners are unsure.