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Veterans Memorial Stadium field is turf ready
by Bruce Harper
May 10, 2014 | 101 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Hellas Construction Company crew demolishes the home-side dugout at the Lady Trojan softball field on Thursday to make way for the new synthetic turfed stadium that should be ready to go as the new school year begins.
Bruce Harper photo The Hellas Construction Company crew demolishes the home-side dugout at the Lady Trojan softball field on Thursday to make way for the new synthetic turfed stadium that should be ready to go as the new school year begins.
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The Veterans Memorial Stadium playing field is ready for its new synthetic surface. A gravel layer along with a drainage system has already been installed and the new turf will be delivered for installation next Tuesday.  Construction Superintendent Johnny Cash stated that the job will be done on or before June 3, in plenty of time for the A.C. Jones’s graduation ceremonies.
The Veterans Memorial Stadium playing field is ready for its new synthetic surface. A gravel layer along with a drainage system has already been installed and the new turf will be delivered for installation next Tuesday. Construction Superintendent Johnny Cash stated that the job will be done on or before June 3, in plenty of time for the A.C. Jones’s graduation ceremonies.
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BEEVILLE – “We’ve given ourselves plenty of time, even if we get a little rain,” said Hellas Construction Project Superintendent Johnny Cash, when asked on Thursday morning if the stadium will be ready to go by graduation.

That seems to be the right answer to a question most A.C. Jones High School seniors and their parents have on their minds. Will the stadium be ready to go by June 6?

The synthetic turf is scheduled to be here by next Tuesday, and the crews will be ready to roll it out and secure it in 15 working days, according to Cash.

“The stadium, right now, is turf ready.”

The field has been leveled and the drainage has been implanted within the foundation of gravel, and from sideline to sideline. It’s ready for the synthetic grass to carpet the entire playing area inside the surrounding track.

The demolition of the softball field is underway, and the baseball practice field has already been leveled for the most part. The new softball stadium playing field will also be synthetic turf while the new practice baseball field will sprout sprigs of Bermuda 419 sports tiff grass, and the new soccer/band practice area (behind the softball complex and adjacent to the school) will be sodded with the same grass.

Both the baseball and softball stadiums will sport new lights. A new centralized building will also be constructed to house the admissions, concessions and restrooms for both fields. The foundation for that structure is set to be poured next week as well.

“Once we get the slab down for it, it will go up in a hurry,” Cash said.

Both the softball stadium and the baseball practice field were originally scheduled to be finished by mid-autumn. That timetable has been moved up, and Cash feels that both projects will be complete by the time school starts this August. The band and soccer area is scheduled to be usable around the last week in July.

“That’s what we’re shooting for,” Cash said.

The baseball facility is a practice field but could be converted easily into a game field at any time in the future. An on-campus facility for practice will be a big boost to the Trojan baseball program, and the coaches and players are already excited about next year.

The dimensions of the baseball park will be 325 feet down both foul lines and a good deep center field of 400 feet to straightaway center. A new parking area will be constructed along the Inez Street side of the fields to be near the new concession, admission and restroom facility.

Unless the city is deluged with rain for a solid 10 days or so (and that’s not going to happen), the graduation ceremony of 2014 will go off without a hitch, and the seniors will walk the stage in the Trojans’ new synthetic turf facility. It will be the very first usage of the turfed field by JHS students, teachers, parents and administrators.
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