ARLINGTON — Arlington High School has received its $200,000 NFL Grassroots grant it applied for earlier this year for its turf reconstruction.
Arlington was one of 15 high schools in the nation to receive an NFL grant.
“It helps us out financially. We’re responsible for the public’s money and having a grant that pays for a fifth of it is huge,” AHS executive director of operations Sid Logan said. The total cost of the field is $1 million.
That grant means more capital to work on other projects including roof and gym repairs later in the year.
But it doesn’t stop there.
“We’re definitely working on involving the Seahawks,” ASD public information coordinator Andrea Conley said. “They want to be a part of it.”
Conley isn’t sure when and where the Seahawks could show up but she does know that they are very involved with youth football.
Other than that the field is progressing as planned. It is expected to be ready before Arlington’s 2014 football season Sept 5.
“The football team should have some time to practice on it as well,” Logan added.
The turf renovation replaces the grass field with an artificial turf.
Workers have removed six inches of sand and the drain line to expose the regular pea gravel to place a layer of permeable gravel and the synthetic turf.
“A tremendous amount of leveling was involved,” Logan said.
The new turf will help Arlington athletically and academically. Players were becoming injured on the muddy soil and PE classes were unable to use the field because of its slippery conditions.
“I’m super excited,” Arlington athletic director Tom Roys said. “We’ve always been looking to have this done.”