New turf field at GINW nearing its completion

Vikings take to the new field on Oct. 7 for their homecoming game.
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 7:12 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Replacing the grass field at Grand Island Northwest High School has been a work in progress for nearly two years, and now— what was originally only a vision is turning into reality.

Turf installation crews have been hard at work, sometimes even hanging around past dark, all to make sure the field is set and ready to go before the Vikings take to the field on Oct. 7 for their homecoming game.

The grass field has been removed and gravel has been laid down underneath the plastic carpet to allow for proper drainage. Now, all that’s left to do is install the goal posts, finish up gluing and sewing and add the sand/rubber mixture into the turf.

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Edwards told Local4 News Wednesday, it’s going to be quite the upgrade from their former field.

“With, you know, varsity and JV, reserve, freshman and then middle school playing on it, the grass was getting pretty torn up and, this last spring we got to the point where we were either going to have to invest some big dollars into redoing the grass field or, as pledges came in for the capital campaign, the board moved forward on putting in artificial turf or, the field turf in,” Edwards said.

The total costs of the new field and the new lights comes out to about $1.7 million.

So far, around 44% of the campaign goal has been raised through pledges. GINW officials also applied for a recycled tire grant in hopes to cover some of the expenses.

Athletic Director Matt Fritsche said seeing the project come together fills him with pride.

“Incredibly proud of our, of all the constituents and the people that have donated and the hard work that people put in behind the scenes to make this possible. Appreciative of our administration and our school board and the group that started this and then watching it come together has been pretty special,” Fritsche noted.

The next projects for athletic facility improvements include new bleachers, a ticket booth and eventually a field house.