COSHOCTON – It’s been a long time coming, but a committee with the idea of renovating Stewart Field is close to adding synthetic turf to the stadium, with the idea of making it a multipurpose facility.
The project will cost $425,000, but the majority of the money has already been raised, committee member and Coshocton Athletic Director Tim Fortney said.
“This is all 100 percent privately funded,” committee member Brent Mason said. “It was a goal of ours to not burden our school system with this. The board has supported us on this.”
“We have already raised a majority of money through private donations from numerous individuals, local businesses and community foundations.” Fortney said.
Although the committee has raised a majority of the money, it still needs to raise about $60,000, Mason said. The goal is to raise that before the end of April to have all construction done by the fall sports seasons.
The field will be built with the intention to make it useful for more than just football, Fortney said. The plan is to have the boys and girls soccer teams play there, instead of at Kids America, as well as having the baseball and softball teams there during the spring.
“Instead of just fixing it up for home football games, we were going to make it into a home multipurpose facility,” Fortney said. “Having turf vs. playing on grass wasn’t so much of a thought process as much as it was just having a multipurpose facility.”
Mason said the project could be done already, but they are sizing the turf specifically for soccer games.
“There is a significant amount of cost that is associated with the excess size of a soccer field, as opposed to just having a football field down there. And we are trying to make it as large as we can for corner kicks and things of that nature,” Fortney said.
People who want to donate to the committee can contact Brent Mason at 740-502-4052 or Bjmason16@yahoo.com.