Greener Grass on the Other Side
It won't be long before the lights are shining on Friday Night High School football at Hickman. This season they'll try to hammer out wins on the new field. "A lot of kids were out here a little while ago when they rolled out the first one and a little applause went up for that first roll of turf that went out," said Doug Mirts, Hickman Athletic Director.
The crew is on a roll and the grass looks real. After it's laid down, they'll fill it with rubber and sand to make it soft for landings, and the sections get sewn together.
Not just for football anymore, this stadium is for the "soccer team more so because it gets them back on campus," said Mirts, "they get the stadium effect of playing here at Hickman HS again."
Mirts and others researched for three years and field turf won. The district put in 250 thousand dollars, but, "on top of that we had to raise the remainder of the 722 thousand. So, a little bit more than half we had to raise and we're getting pretty close to the end," said Mirts.
This turf is similiar to the field turf at Missouri. "Missouri has what's called a slit film, which is just the older style. This is a new, more up-to-date technology," explained Mirts.
So one day at a time, the crew continues to make the field five yards at a time. It's going to take three weeks to install the turf. Hickman football plays its first game on the turf in September against Hazelwood Central.