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Turf Going in at Football Stadium

The field should be complete within the next month.

I drove by the Stadium today and got a good look at the progress being made on the new turf field.

From the looks of it, a good chunk of the synthetic FieldTurf carpet has been laid, but there are still some strips along the side that need to be finished.

The roughly $1 million project should be complete in time for the first-ever on Aug. 25, as well as the fall football season.

For more, see  from April, when the school board accepted a bid on the project.

Joe July 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I'm curious about ongoing costs related to the field. Seems these fields are designed to last about 8-10 years (fieldturf.com). With purchase and installation of a field running about $290k, is the school prepared to properly maintain the surface and replace it in a decade? What academic programs are going to lose out due to this large capital and ongoing expense; or is the school funded so that's not an issue? If so, great. Here's to no more referendums on the ballot.
Michael Rose (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Joe, I wrote this in a previous story on the issue: With a synthetic field, Ewald said, annual maintenance costs would come down from $15,000 to around $4,000. Artificial turf fields need to be replaced every eight to 12 years, he added, but at a current cost of roughly $400,000—not another $1 million.
Joe July 25, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Micheal, So replacement is averaging every 10 years (assuming proper maintenance) - that's an expense of $440,000 every 10 years for maintenance and replacement. Versus $150,000 every 10 years for grass.
Michael Rose (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Yes, that appears to be accurate math. Although I don't think that accounts for re-sodding as needed...I believe $15,000 is just for upkeep, not replacement. I guess the big questions will be: Do they actually replace the turf every 10 years? If they went 20 years or so (like a guy going past the mileage point of an oil change), then obviously costs come down. Another big factor is whether turf costs come down, which I suspect they might as the product becomes more prevalent. But we shall see...
David M Boone July 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
There are many benefits to turfing the stadium field. Practice facilities are harder and harder to find and book. We are an inner-ring suburb that has been land-locked for decades. Schools like Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Wayzata have a lot of land in which they continually expand into as opportunities for students increase. When the facilities in the SLP school district were built we didn't have Title IX and only had a few activities for boys. Now we have lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee, etc for both boys and girls. Those outer-ring suburbs were able to expand along with the growing opportunities. SLP has had to squeeze them into areas and hope they don't get damaged with overuse. Many city park fields have restrictions when the conditions dictate, so there is the added savings to the city when the athletic teams do not use (and wear out) fields at Louisiana Oaks, Walker Park, etc. Phy Ed classes can expand at SLP High School providing for more and improved physical education activities. The new turf field can provide for more revenue generating activities as the school looks to expand renting of it's facilities to different clubs, i.e. soccer and lacrosse, for practices, games, and tournaments. So, when adding the costs look at what the city saves on their maintenance, what the school district saves in their rental of city parks, the opportunities to generate revenue, and the non-monetary benefits of expanded opportunities the facility provides.

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