McConnell-Talbert Stadium to get new turf field
The Houston County School Board voted to replace the grass field with turf during its board meeting on Tuesday. It will cost the district $810,000 to install the field turf.
Warner Robins, Houston County and Northside High Schools played their 2014-2015 regular seasons at the stadium but two Northside games late in the playoffs were moved to other locations because of bad field conditions.
Houston County schools superintendent Dr. Mark Scott tells 41NBC the coaches felt it wasn’t safe to play on the field anymore.
“By the end of the game it was almost dangerous, it was so slippery because there was no grass, it was just mud,” Scott said. “And pretty much between the hash marks there was little grass there. And that’s happened a lot of times. I’ve had coaches tell me they’ve seen it in worse condition in years past.”
Scott says the new turf field is safer than a grass field. He hopes the new field will be ready by the end of June, just in time for the Fourth of July celebration.
Scott adds the school district may use the same turf at the new stadium that’s being build for Houston County and Veterans High Schools.