CHAPMANVILLE — It was an exciting day on Tuesday at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Construction crews began laying down the Field Turf at the school’s football field.
The idea of turfing Logan County’s three high school football stadiums at Man, Chapmanville and Logan was a long time coming.
This summer, it’s coming into fruition.
The Field Turf project is already done at Man High School’s George A. Queen Memorial Stadium.
Chapmanville’s turf is being laid down this week and in the coming days and weeks, Logan High School’s Logan Stadium will be next.
“I spoke with Dan Danser who is responsible for this part of the project,” Chapmanville assistant football coach Larry Dingess said on Tuesday. “They are starting this morning sewing the strips together and laying them down. Dan said that the type of turf all three county schools are getting is top quality, the same as the pros.”
The entire county-wide project has a $2.5 million price tag, used with taxpayer money.
That’s too much money for something like this, some county residents have argued.
Dingess said, however, that it’s an investment in the county’s youth.
“I know some are opposed to spending this much money on these projects,” Dingess said. “My feelings are as a coach I like getting turf, but more important are the facts that studies show that kids that are involved in sports are less likely to have drug and alcohol problems. Attendance improves along with graduation rates.”
Dingess said many of our local, county and state officials deserve praise for making the Field Turf dream a reality.
“I am glad to have people in office such as Senator Art Kirkendoll, County Commissioners Danny Godby, Danny Ellis and Willie Akers, Superintendent Phyllis Doty and our Board of Education who know these facts and are looking out for our children,” Dingess said.
After the crew lays down the turf this week at Chapmanville, another crew will come in and rake in the rubber pellets, which act as dirt, Dingess said.
The Tigers are scheduled to have their season opener on the new turf on Aug. 28 when the Sissonville Indians come to town for a Cardinal Conference game.
The Chapmanville football team is slated to have its first game action on the turf on Aug. 21 with a preseason matchup against Lincoln County.
Man opens against county rival Logan on Aug. 28 on the new turf at Man.
Logan’s home opener isn’t until Week 4 of the season against Point Pleasant.
When all three projects are done, Chapmanville, Logan and Man will join Mingo Central and Scott as southern West Virginia schools that will have turf.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).