shelton wilder said... Breaking news......
Many questions have been asked about the status of the soccer field and other Sports Complex features. Dr. Short reconvened the Core Team for a meeting on June 10th. The Core team has recommended an ad-hoc committee meet to discuss, clarify misunderstandings, and involve all parties in the process to develop a plan. The purpose of the meeting will be to advance the effort to provide artificial turf for soccer play and adequate field space for all the sports and PE classes that will use the second field for classes, practice, matches, games, tournaments, and recreation.
June 11, 2008 7:31 AM
A recent visit to the site reveals the near flat grade of the Soccer and Football fields. In earlier photos the amount of rock that remained to be removed from the fields was enormous. http://whs2010.blogspot.com/2008/02/whs-2010-stadium-rocks.html
Now we are able to see the surface area of both the Soccer and the football fields clearly defined.
This photo is a view of the Football field as it will be seen when standing at the edge of the main parking lot looking south (toward the greenway trail). Just below the distant edge of the field shown in the picture above is the Soccer field.
The first clear view of the Soccer field and the newly flat grade is shown in this photo. As you can see, the field is in place and has not been "eliminated" from the campus as rumors have suggested. It is a regulation size soccer playing field.
At this point it is being prepared to be a natural grassed surface. Perhaps someday it will be artificially turfed.
"We believe turf can be easily added in the future if desired (and when financially possible). At this point, the slope will probably not contain terraces as the future stand configuration is not known. We believe they can be added without significant difficulty when size and configuration are known" .....(Sfla). This aerial photo from April shows the location and relationship to the total campus of the football and soccer fields. We are building an entire campus and this image helps gain perspective to the total project.
In this photo the viewer is looking north west and standing at the south goal post on the football field. You will note the football field is under grade now. The field will be surrounded by an eight lane track. This field will be artificially turfed.
The width of the entire turfed surface between the straight aways of the track is 208 feet. The width of the turfed field is easily wide enough to contain a regulation soccer field with up to a 195' playing surface. The soccer coach, Doug Kidd has requested a minimum of 195' (65 yards X 116 yards long) of playing surface for soccer.
This football field has been designed to accommodate regulation soccer matches, track meets, and football play. We will paint permanent soccer field lines and football field lines on the turf. Just as ASU stadium has done on their football field. With cooperative scheduling we will play and host football and soccer in this stadium on an artificially turfed field. There will be stadium seating on the home side and stands on the visitors side.
In athletics and throughout the campus we have tried to meet our guidelines of building as least what we now have on our existing campus. We do not have a soccer sized practice field on our current campus. We are proud to be adding a soccer practice field at the new school.
I believe "in time" we will see a soccer stadium on our campus. But for now, we must do what we can to be future planning and yet remain within our budget.