FWCS board OKs $948K for synthetic turf at Northrop stadium

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The heavily used football field at Northrop High School will soon get a facelift.

The Journal Gazette first reported that the Fort Wayne Community Schools board on Monday night unanimously approved a $948,991 construction contract with the Motz Group to install a synthetic turf field at Spuller Stadium.

The stadium is home to the Northrop Bruins, though the rival Snider Panthers play home football games at the field, as well. Throughout the course of the fall athletic season, the field can become destroyed and muddy. 

With a synthetic turf, the newspaper reported that Spuller Stadium could be considered a potential host for larger band competitions and sectional and regional events.

Superintendent Wendy Robinson said at Monday night’s meeting that the cost of the new turf was already included in the district’s 2019 budget, according to the newspaper. 

The new turf is expected to be installed by early August. 

The nearly million dollar expenditure comes as thousands of teachers, educators and students gathered at the Indiana Statehouse Saturday to push for increased wages and more resources. The Indiana State Teachers Association said they’re losing teachers due to the lack of pay throughout the state. 

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