JACKSONVILLE — The Tomato Bowl holds memories for East Texans generation after generation.
Today, KETK went to J'ville to speak with Matt Montgomery.
He played many games in the stadium himself as part of the Jacksonville Fight'n Indians in the 1970's.
But for the past 30 years, he's been broadcasting from the sidelines...this is his 30th.
Montgomery tells KETK, the first game at the stadium was September 12, 1940...hand built as part of the WPA Project - a part of FDR's "New Deal."
Montgomery says the stadium is a historical marker, and it's one of the last downtown stadiums left in the state of Texas.
"These old rock walls...if they could talk, I mean...there's been so many stars that have played here, so many close ball games, so many champions have played here...just a real special place to play...and a lot of times, the Chamber of Commerce will tell you, when people come to Jacksonville, they want to see the Tomato Bowl," Montgomery said.
The first Jacksonville game at the Tomato Bowl this season will be in two weeks against Gilmer.