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Local High Schools Receiving New Turf Fields

Two local high schools were given the opportunity to install a new synthetic grass field.

Posted: Jul. 22, 2018 9:29 PM
Updated: Jul. 22, 2018 9:29 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Synthetic grass has become one of the fastest growing segments in the turf market; and two local high schools were given the opportunity to install a new synthetic grass field.

"We're excited," said Jerry Galema, Harrison High School Athletic Director.  "The kids are excited, and i think the community is excited as well."

"We are very excited," said Ryan Walden, McCutcheon High School Athletic Director. "The kids are excited, the coaches are excited, the community is excited. just a wonderful oportunity for the mccutcheon community."

McCutcheon and Harrison High School are the second and third schools to have turf fields behind Jefferson High Scool. The projects began when school concluded, and are expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

"It's been pretty much a seamless project," said Galema.

"The field crews started laying the turf you see now, Monday evening. They've got a lot of the letters cut in, they're getting ready to cut in a lot of our logos", said Walden.

Conditions over the summer season haven't been the most ideal to work in; but that hasn't stopped the crews.

"Because the drainage is so good on our field, they really haven't been delayed by the rainfall at all," said Galema.

"They work around the clock," said Walden. "They do an outstanding job. They are almost to the point where they rake in the rubber that goes under the field."

But weather won't be an issue for the coming seasons.

"A turf field is rated safer than a natural grass field, especially come late september to october when the seasons change, so hopefully from an injury pervention and safty stand point this will benifit our athletes," said Walden.

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