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Field turf project nears completion

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Installation of field turf at New Albany High School's stadium was expected to be completed earlier this week, athletics director Kevin Reed said.

The project began Nov. 8.

"The turf is completely in and we're finishing filling the infield with rubber and sand," Reed said late last week, adding that the project ran between 30 and 40 days behind schedule because of weather conditions. "We definitely went longer than we expected, but to do that work we had to have weather above freezing and without rain or snow."

According to the New Albany Athletic Boosters, $623,000 was raised for the project, with another $23,500 committed, during a four-year fundraising campaign. The estimated cost to install the new playing surface, which is being done by a Cincinnati-based company, The Motz Group, is $600,000.

The field is expected to last 10 years and could cost an estimated $300,000 to replace, boosters club member Stuart Burgdoerfer told the school board in September. The boosters will contribute $15,000 annually to a turf-replacement fund maintained by the school district.

The stadium, which will be renamed Veterans Field, is expected to be dedicated before the football team's season opener Aug. 30 against Reynoldsburg.

Reed did not expect any schedule changes for spring sports as a result of the completion of the project being delayed. The first spring event scheduled to be held at the stadium is the boys lacrosse team's season opener Tuesday, March 26, against Thomas Worthington.

That event will be followed by a track and field meet April 2 against Watkins Memorial and a girls lacrosse game April 6 against Mason.

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