TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Over the last four decades, Leon County's public high school football teams have bled, sweat, and cried at Gene Cox Stadium. That field has also remained pretty much untouched in that forty year span.
Come August, Gene Cox is going to look a lot different. Leon County Schools is replacing the field with field turf, meaning a lot less maintenance for the county.
The cost? Around $800,000 but that includes a new scoreboard, new 25 second clocks, and a new perimeter fence.
"Over the next ten years, it'll pay for itself," said Superintendent of Leon County Schools Rocky Hanna. "We won't have to worry about the watering, the fertilizer the cutting the grass, any of that. It's long overdue in my opinion. We've committed dollars to the classroom and in other areas and it's time, because thousands of kids will play on this field over the course of the year."
Hanna said the field will be ready in time for preseason games in August.