CHAPMANVILLE — Five years ago the talk of bringing Field Turf to Logan County was just an idea.
Five years later and the nation’s Field Turf boom has reached Chapmanville, Logan and Man high schools.
The carpet is already laid at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
The turf at Chapmanville was rolled out and installed last week.
Minor work is still left at Tiger Stadium as the rubber pellets, which act as dirt, have be filtered into the artificial grass blades.
The white yard line numbers still have to be cut and sewn into the field.
And there’s still other cosmetic work, such as the Chapmanville block “C” on the 50-yard line and the words “Chapmanville” and “Tigers” which will be lettered into the two black end zones.
Chapmanville’s turf, however, is there.
Veteran Tigers’ coach George Barker said it’s a dream come true and a new era not only for Chapmanville Regional High School but for their friends across the county at Logan and Man.
“It tickles me to death. I never really thought that I would see this in Logan County,” Barker said. “It makes me feel proud about the area of where I’m from.”
Barker said the remaining work should go rather quickly.
“They made that one piece of full carpet by sewing it together,” Barker said. “They they will come back in and cut through everywhere they will be a number on the yard lines. They will cut it out and then sew the numbers back in. There will be a big C in the middle with Chapmanville and Tigers in the end zones. They also have to put in the coaches boxes and things like that.
“It’s just a matter of getting everything lined out. If the weather cooperates I think that we’ll be in pretty good shape.”
The Chapmanville football team has its season and home opener Aug. 28 on the new Tiger Stadium rug as CRHS battles against Sissonville.
Chapmanville was hoping to have the turf ready a week before on Aug. 21 as the Tigers have their final preseason game against Lincoln County.
The project, however, might not be done by then.
“I talked to the man who is doing the installation and he told me they would be back and they would have it all ready by the 28th,” Barker said. “And I said, ‘The 28th?’ I’ve got a home scrimmage on the 21st.’ He said, ‘I didn’t know that. Nobody told me that.’ He told me that if there were any way he could get his part done for us they would try.”
If the turf is not ready, the Tigers will instead play Lincoln County at Hamlin.
“I talked to the Lincoln County people and they are willing to let us scrimmage down there on the 21st if the turf if not ready,” Barker said.
Chapmanville has its first preseason test this Saturday at Scott as the Tigers take on the rival Skyhawks at 8 p.m. in the final game of the Cardinal Conference Gridorama.
(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).