Greenville BOE Approves Field Turf For Football Field

(5-18-17) – The Greenville City Schools Board of Education tonight approved the addition of field turf at Harmon Field.

The preliminary budget from an  April of 2015 estimated project would cost as much as  $4,925,000 to complete the entire  project.  The football field improvements, including the turf was estimated at a cost of $650,000.

Harmon Field Cost
Harmon Field – Preliminary Budget

The Friends of Harmon Field have been behind the project and have already generated donations for the project.  One item still available for  $250,000 is the naming rights of the field.  Complete details of the project by the group can be found on the website.

Friends of Harmon Field

 

Two area schools are also considering turf fields for the future, St. Marys and Coldwater, while Parkway is looking at a renovation of it’s football facility and a possible site location. Most schools site the fact that more than just football use the field and would allow for many benefits in scheduling, including state play-off games, lower maintenance fees and other cost savings over the years.

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Coldwater Considering Field Turf For Cavalier Stadium

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Coldwater Cavalier Stadium (Coldwater Schools)

Coldwater is one of the top high school football programs in Ohio and now it is also hoping to make their playing facilities one of the top sites as well. Coldwater schools will be considering field turf installation for the future of Cavalier Stadium.  It would be the first Mercer County school to have a turf football field.

Coldwater schools have placed a slideshow and and a survey for school district residents to view and give input on the possible upgrade of the facility.

View Cavalier Stadium Field Turf Slideshow

Online Survey

The school system’s  slideshow gives some information on upfront costs, savings and information from area schools (Sidney, Allen East, Northmont, Piqua, Wapakoneta and
Clinton Massie) who already have field turf for football.

Some of the highlights in the presentation:

  • upfront costs $500,000 – $550,000
  • 34% of Ohio schools have turf
  • save field maintenance cost of $25,000 per year (10 year savings – $250,000)
  • Income opportunities hosting play-off football games
  • current condition of field, fungus, grubs and water retention

Coldwater is the second MAC and Mercer County school to be looking at upgrades to their football playing facilities.  Parkway is presently looking at a possible upgrade of the current facility or moving it to a new location.

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Cavalier Stadium current – Cavalier Rendering with turf (Coldwater Schools)