FWCS looking at artificial turf for Northrop

Spuller Stadium, which is shared with Snider High School, would be the first stadium in FWCS to have artificial turf.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2019 9:57 PM
Updated: Jan. 13, 2019 8:15 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Community Schools is looking at installing artificial turf fields.

The district is in the process of getting necessary approvals for a new artificial field to be installed at Northrop High School.

Spuller Stadium, which is shared with Snider High School, would be the first stadium in FWCS to have artificial turf.

"I think it's time they get turf. I think it will be great for the kids," said John Barnes, Sr., whose son plays for Snider.

FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman said the field has had drainage issues for many years.

"It gets a lot of wear and tear, so there are days in the fall if it's been raining a lot, the field is really unusable," Stockman said.

"Mud bowls are fine and fun when you have those. But I think kind of like the old Rams back in the day, the great show on turf. Seeing that speed will be fun," said Barnes.

The fact two teams call Spuller Stadium home is also another reason the district is looking at improving the playing field.

"Northrop will be able to use it for PE. So we will be able get more use out of it," Stockman said.

The money for the turf field would come from the capital improvement fund instead of the building improvement referendum, which is funding other improvements at Northrop.

"It will be a moral booster too. I know the kids would be excited to play on turf full time," said Barnes.

The field isn't a done deal yet. The city still has to sign off on the change and the school board needs to approve the project.

The project is expected to get school board approval in February.

Stockman said there currently isn't any plan in place for the other high schools to get a turf field. It will be based on several factors including how the process works at Northrop, available funding, and field conditions.

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