THE ISSUE: After years of dealing with the unpredictable and often unsafe conditions of its natural grass field that sometimes led to game cancellations, Canal Winchester High School decided to convert the playing surface at its Mike Locke Stadium to synthetic turf. The school was fortunate to fund the construction privately and receive in-kind donations of excavation work and concrete.
THE JOB: Canal Winchester turned to Sports Construction Group to coordinate the in-kind donations, construct the field’s new base and drainage system, and install the synthetic turf, which was Shaw Sportexe Momentum 51. Momentum is a high-performance synthetic turf system designed to maximize player performance and speed. It is the same surface used on the game fields of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens and the indoor practice facility of the Cleveland Browns. Despite weather delays, the field was completed in time for the start of the fall athletic season.
|THE RESULTS: “People are excited about the new field. It’s a real source of pride in the community,” said Canal Winchester High School Athletic Director Kent Riggs. “Construction went great. When we had questions or concerns, the team from SCG was right there with answers.”
The Indian’s girls’ soccer team broke in the new turf with a 9-0 shutout victory over Central Crossing High School. The varsity football team followed up with a 38-14 home opening win over Grove City and marched on to a 9-1 record, a MSL-Buckeye Division title and a home playoff appearance.
“We had a great fall with it and expect to get more use out of the field over the next few years as we schedule other events and activities,” said Riggs. In fact, because of its durability, the school was able to host a band competition on the new surface.
Riggs was pleased that worries about delays, cancellations or safety issues caused by inclement weather are a thing of the past. “Plus, our maintenance guys are happy because there’s no more painting or mowing required,” he joked.