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Members of the Hoxie High School Marching Band rehearse their halftime show Tuesday on the new turf field.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Football Mustangs proud
of new turf field

"We're so proud. It's just phenomenal," said Tom Sears, head football coach of the Hoxie Mustangs, regarding the new artificial turf project on Hoxie's Crider Field that was completed in early August.

Sears shared that rains "pretty well flooded" their practice field and that practicing on the main field would result in tearing it up if rain-soaked.

A major part of the construction process for the new field was dirt and drainage, which took approximately two months. The field was raised and is now dramatically higher to allow for better drainage, he added.

Placing the turf over the field only took about 10 days, he said.

"We're so proud of our superintendent, the school board and the community for their support of this project," Sears said.

To complete the project, the track is waiting for asphalt and then will be covered with a track running surface after football season, he said. The big picture is to eventually add baseball and softball fields.

The football team and band will be the main groups using the field, Sears said. The artificial turf surface has a 10-year warranty but is expected to last from 12 to 14 years. Replacing the turf will be minor compared to the dirt and drainage work that had to be done.

Gillis construction and ProGrass did the construction on the project.

The new field saw play in the preseason scrimmage with McCrory and will see its first regular season senior high home game when the Mustangs host Jonesboro Westside on Sept. 11.

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