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The school received a $200,000 grant from the Carolina Panthers to help make the switch.
“The opportunity to provide a safe and durable play space for athletic opportunities for children and the community really means a great deal,” Riley Fields with the Panthers said.
“We’ll never miss a day for rain,” Mustang football coach Chris Brookshire said. “Everything is true. All the bounces, all the steps. Everything we go through will be more true.”
Originally, the plan called for a plastic fiber field that used crumb rubber. But with health and environmental concerns, the school board called for an organic field, pushing the price tag to $900,000.
It was raised with community donations and help from commissioners.
School leaders say it will pay off.
“We’ll have adult leagues using it. We’ll have, as you heard, nineteen different organizations signing up and scheduling to use a state-of-the-art field, even in bad weather,” Superintendent Mike Murray said.
The plan is to have the new field ready for the fall football season.
“I’m very honored that we get the opportunity to do this,” football player David Stephens said.
Teammate Cole Burch says, “We’re really grateful to the community and to the Panthers.”