NU turf project set to start in June
After three years of planning and fundraising, the project to install a synthetic all-weather playing surface for Nevada Union High School’s football field officially has a green light.
A contract to install Field Turf at Hooper Stadium has been awarded to Lake of the Pines-based Grass Valley Turf Company, with work scheduled to begin June 14.
“We are very, very excited about this,” Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers said. “We will be breaking ground on the new field the Monday after graduation, and if the construction goes on time, it will be ready for the start of practice on Aug. 14.”
Credit is due to contributions from numerous individuals and businesses around town, according to Humphers.
“I want to give a big thank you to a ton the volunteers,” he said. “It really truly has been amazing how the community has come together to build a state-of-the-art facility. It’s been kind of like an old-fashioned barn raising because support has come from everywhere in the community. The cost of these fields has gone up in the last three years, but we’ve had a half-million dollars donated in labor and resources.”
Humphers went on to give credit to Kevin Casey and Mike Bratton for their work in organizing the volunteers.
The fundraising still isn’t complete. Humphers said another $15,000 to $20,000 is being raised to install logos on the field – including an interlocking NU at midfield, as well as the Nevada Union and Miners printing in the end zones.
The Hooper Stadium facility will be closed to the public as work continues through the summer.
“I think the kids in our community work hard to strive for excellence and they deserve a state-of-the-art facility. I think it is important for them to have that.”
The new field is due to be christened on Friday night, Sept. 8, when the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Miners play host to the Atwater Falcons. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for that night.
“I can’t wait to see the smiles of the players when they get to play on it,” Humphers said.
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