TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — On Wednesday morning, workers were out continuing the turf field job at Chiles High School. The school is getting a turf field that will be just like Gene Cox Stadium's turf field. That field was placed down last year, but this year, it's Chiles' turn.
One of the main reasons turf fields are being placed at high school fields is due to the conditions the regular grass fields face when it comes to the weather. The turf fields are not just for high school football teams, but also for soccer, lacrosse, and girls flag football games.
Mike Eto, the Athletic Director of Chiles High School said, "It was proposed by the county seeing how our field gets used so much, especially this last season, all of the football games that were played out here, the sod that was put down wasn't the best and so it led to all of our soccer games being moved and of course that field was horrible. And so it was proposed by the county that we go ahead and start putting the turf in every school. And Chiles was first because we are a regional stadium."
Good news for other schools. Ricky Bell, the Leon County Athletic Director explained they plan on getting every school a turf field. Bell said, "Our goal is to do a turf field at every school and the reason we came here next was because of the usage of this field is greater than the others and it's used as a regional stadium."
The new field for Chiles is expected to be completed sometime in July.