On a beautiful fall evening in 1987, with the stands filled with spectators, the Fitchburg High School/Gardner High School rivalry was resumed under new lights. At the end of the game a gentleman approached the late Bernie Welch, Principal of Fitchburg High School and asked, "Is it always like this?" Welch replied, "Yes." The gentleman responded, "Then preserve this stadium." In 2001 Crocker Field was the solemn gathering place for the community following the 9/11 tragedy to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives. In 2007 Crocker Field provided a beautiful setting for a sunset concert, featuring American Idol contestant Ayla Brown and the Bellevue Cadillac band. Crocker Field is a place where memories are made.