Where are they on that project?: North Posey, Mt. Vernon turf fields

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After months of construction, two high school stadiums in the Tri-State have a fresh new look.

Eyewitness News’ Grace Hayba headed out to North Posey and Mount Vernon for a sneak peek at their new turf fields…

And to see where are they on that project?

From one endzone to another. Two Tri-State high schools are ready to reveal their new stadium renovations.

“We’ve been a four-star school now for six years in a row, so we feel really good about our academics.

Right now, we’re putting a little bit of focus on, trying to see where we can get facility wise on our athletics.”

That focus comes in the form of a $7.5-million renovation plan for all of the schools in the district.

Principal Strieter hopes the upgrades will help athletics with the recruiting process.

“Having the facilities that we’re trying to produce. You know we’re trying to attract more students to North Posey because it’s a great school and I think it’s good to see hey, the community is investing in their future.”

Over at Mount Vernon, they went with a slightly different approach, a mixture of coconut and cork.”

The infill gives the field a brown tint, but school officials say the color will fade the more the turf is walked on.

“It operates very similar to how the rubber does on other fields and so if there’s impact on the field is kind of cushions the players.”

Superintendent Thompson says the infill will significantly decrease the temperature of the turf, keeping players up to 20 degrees cooler than traditional black rubber.

An innovative purchase he says made possible by the community.

“Our community kind of gathered together and donated money from some of our major industry here in the area and basically took out the entire old field and put down new rockfill, new drainage, the turf obviously.”

In addition to the fields, both schools are upgrading their score boards.

North Posey is also in the process of installing a new track and plans for an indoor practice facility are in the works.

The first home game for both teams is Friday, August 23rd.

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This story was originally published on August 6, 2019

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