BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn high school that was fighting to stay open less than a year ago held a groundbreaking today to celebrate the start of construction for a new sports field.

Students and faculty at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School were in attendance for the ceremony. School athletes are excited since they say they used to practice in nearby parks or wherever they could find space.

The school, which had been on the city's list of "persistently low-achieving schools," began advocating for funding to construct the 50-yard field five years ago. Officials say they now have more than $3 million for the project.

The field is expected to be ready by the start of the next football season in Sept. 2011.