School trustees to decide future of stadium project

By Matt Ward —

 

Under ideal circumstances, Fredericksburg High School athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett would never broach the subject of a pricey project to install synthetic turf at FHS Stadium.

The self-proclaimed “grass guy” readily admits to loving old-school football with its leather helmets, old uniforms and the smell of freshly-cut grass.

Unfortunately, drought conditions in the Texas Hill Country have made both practices and games more dangerous for Fredericksburg football and soccer athletes as game and practice fields deteriorate and crack, causing increased safety concerns for both Moffett and FISD Superintendent Marc Williamson.

“If it was the same kind of turf that they had when I first started coaching, then I wouldn’t be for it at all,” Moffett said. “Seeing how much we’re on that field and how much maintenance would be required to keep it at the level that it is (acceptable), we just can’t do that.”

As a result, the FISD board of trustees will consider approval of a renovation project, estimated to cost around $1.2 million to put synthetic turf on the game field and add an eighth lane to the surrounding track, at their next regular meeting Nov. 11.

Trustees will also consider constructing an estimated $1.6 million agriculture barn facility on district-owned land on Hollmig Lane.

School officials have said that one or both projects could be approved at the meeting.

Estimated costs for synthetic turf on the FHS Stadium game field are $750,000-$850,000 with track expansion to cost $400,000-$500,000.

Moffett said the synthetic turf surface has a life expectancy of 8-10 years with a replacement cost of $300,000-$450,000.

If approved by the board, renovation work at FHS Stadium would likely begin the day after FHS graduation on June 6 with a 45-60 day time frame to complete the project.

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