Lindsay High School to get new turf fields

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Football field at Frank Skadan Stadium to be resurfaced in two years, a nearly $2 million project

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

LINDSAY – The turf at Lindsay High School’s Frank Skadan Stadium will be the first to be replaced during a two-year resurfacing project this spring, a project scheduled to cost the Lindsay Unified School District nearly $2 million.

This is the first major undertaking on the field since it and the adjacent soccer field to the west were installed 13 years ago. In those years the football field has suffered, and pieces of replacement turf can be seen along its two-tone surface. The field has reached the end of its life cycle according to the district’s director of facilities, Merced Doria.

“It has tares in it now and we have to do more repairs on it,” Doria said.

Lindsay Unified decided to go with AstroTurf out of Fresno. Their $1,894,460 price tag for both fields was competitive to other companies according to Doria. The 101,400-square foot football field will be $827,420 or $8.16 per square foot. Installation is scheduled to begin on March 18 after soccer season concludes. Construction is scheduled to take a month, so it will be done in time for spring football practice and passing leagues.

The adjacent 135,000-square foot soccer field comes with a $1,067,040 or $7.90 per square foot, and is scheduled to begin this time in 2020. The reason for staggeriing the dates was partly to ease the district’s burden of costs, and second to be able to keep one field playable for youth leagues at all times.

AstroTurf might have had a competitive price tag to their product, but other factors came into play.

The turf Lindsay Unified has on their fields currently is from a company out of the Los Angeles area called FieldTurf. The distance has been a real problem in getting repairs done on the field in past years. In the case of AstroTurf the district did not have to wait long at all to get a response.

AstroTurf has also been active in and around Tulare County. They installed turf fields at Tulare Union High School, and Exeter Union High School in the past couple years. Projects also include the Fresno and Merced areas.

“We were able to go out and walk those fields,” Doria said. “Some of our teams have even played on those fields, so we knew exactly what we were getting.”

Lindsay Unified will be getting the Green Series DT32 turf installed. The same system which is now installed at Exeter’s Monarch Stadium. The 80 ounces of fiber a square yard will give the field a much more lush and natural look compared to the 36 ounces of fiber in the current system. It will resemble hybrid Bermuda grass, and help cushion falls.

AstroTurf’s manager of sales Dominick Berarducci is happy with the advancements his company has made with the underlining pad, and the safety it brings.

“There is a thorough process to bringing safety to these student-athletes,” Berarducci said.

The pad which will act like a barrier between the turf surface and the concrete slab has a two-year life span. Even without the fibers Lindsay Unified might see a significant drop in on field injuries.

What stadium visitors might notice most is that there are no more black rubber pellets. The backfill will be clear and more environmentally friendly. The school will also be able to put water down on the field to reduce heat during the summer.

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