Harlem Getting Field Turf

By Scott Leber | sleber@wtvo.com

Published 05/13 2014 11:39PM

Updated 05/13 2014 11:46PM

MACHESNEY PARK-The trend is high school sports is toward artificial field turf at stadiums. We're about to see another one in the Stateline. The Harlem Board of Education has approved going ahead with construction of field turf at Peterson Stadium.

The project will cost $670,000. All but $50,000 of that has been raised so far primarily through private donations. None of it is taxpayer money. Students have also purchased T-shirts touting the turf at $20 apiece to raise additional funding.

Harlem athletic director Kurt Weigt says it's a great day for the Huskie Nation.

"We're very excited about the number of community members and the people that have come forward and said 'we believe in the process. We believe in the project, and most importantly we believe in the kids here at Harlem and our student athletes," says Weigt.

Construction on the field will begin in early June. The field will be ready when school starts in August. Harlem will become the fourth NIC-10 stadium to have field turf. The others currently are Freeport's Pretzel Stadium, Guilford's Swanson Stadium and Auburn's Wyeth Stadium.

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