It has been almost two years since the idea of putting turf on the football field started to become a reality. Earlier in the week, work crews were almost completed laying the carpet down on the field.
The new turf was approved over a year ago by an 18-member facility planning committee. The decision was made in part to help with possible Title IX issues as well as to give student-athletes the opportunity to play on a new field.
“We believe it (turf) helps us meet Title IX requirements that call for adequate facilities which promote participation by girls and boys,” said former Bell County Title I Supervisor Jeff Saylor in a September meeting. “With the addition of girl’s soccer and all the other activities on that field (little league, middle school and high school football), grass will not hold up.”
The new field can be used for multiple sports including soccer. It was believed that the old grass field would not be able to hold up if it was used for multiple sports outside of football.
The new turf was ultimately part of athletic facility upgrades that included a new baseball press box, concessions, restrooms and bleachers. It also included a new softball complex at Bell Central.
The new turf was projected to cost approximately $550,000.
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