GREEN  The grass really will be greener - albeit in a synthetic way - at Memorial Stadium in Green.

For the first time in a decade, Green Local Schools will install new turf at the stadium, replacing a surface installed 10 years ago that hit the maximum end of its projected life expectancy. District officials expected the old turf to last between eight and 10 years and after getting a decade of use out of the surface, the board of education approved the replacement of the field at its March meeting.

For athletic director Erich Muzi, having a new surface is a big benefit for the district given how many teams, groups and events utilize the stadium year-round.

“The big difference will be the fiber,” Muzi said. “This will be Field Turf’s manufactured monofilament fiber called Revolution 360. The infill will be similar, as will the installation methods.”

According to figures provided at the board meeting, the cost of the new turf will be $333,584.49, with an allowance of up to 10 percent for possible changes during the replacement process. The funds will be a Permanent Improvement (PI) expenditure and the process of removing the old turf is expected to begin in the second week of June and last four weeks.

That will allow for the completion of all spring sports seasons and for the school year itself to come to a close before work begins.

While many aspects of the field will be similar to what fans have seen for the past decade, a few small alterations will give the new surface its own look.

Previously, the end zones were orange with black lettering. Under the new design plans, the end zones will reverse that color scheme with a black background and orange lettering. At one end of the field, the word “GREEN” will be written in block lettering, while the word “BULLDOGS” will decorate the opposing end zone.

Additionally, there will be rectangular blocks with the words “Bulldog Strong” with a Green “G” logo in the middle, stretching along the sideline from the 25-yard-line to the back of the end zone at opposing corners of the field.

In coming up with the new design, district officials solicited input from different groups who use the field.

“The design process captured a variety of turf renderings for review. Those included in the process were coaches, a select number of athletes,

the athletic director and middle school athletic director, Green Local Schools administration and our maintenance supervisor,” Muzi said.

The number of teams and events that use the stadium and field in some capacity isn’t limited to obvious entries such as football, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls lacrosse. The track and field teams also make heavy use of the field for both practices and meets and depending on weather conditions, the baseball and softball teams also work on the field/

Beyond those sports, the physical education departments at Green Intermediate School and Green Middle School, bands from both the high school and middle school, Green Bulldog Youth Football and events such as the annual Bulldog Dash also make use of the field. Having a modern stadium with synthetic turf also makes district a candidate to host neutral-site Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoff games each November.

As for the old turf, whose blades of artificial grass had become trampled down due to 10 years of extensive use, its life expectancy is projected to be met or maybe even surpassed by its successor. Muzi pegged the life span of the new turf at “at least 10 years” and if Green can gain that level of use from its new playing surface, it will be a benefit to both the district’s student-athletes and the community as a whole. 

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