Staunton's Lee High School football team will start next season on a new college-quality field.
The grass is gone from the field at the home of Fighting Leemen in Gypsy Hill Park.
Staunton crews killed off the Kentucky bluegrass and graded the field to prepare for a full replacement with Patriot Bermudagrass. The city says the hardier grass won't wear down after the first few games of the football season, like the old field.
"They're going to see a similar field to what they'd see at JMU, UVA. The crew we have working on the field has worked with those universities. So, we're excited about it," said Chris Tuttle, director of Staunton's Department of Parks and Recreation. "It's going to be a great playing surface for the athletes. The fans will notice right off. You won't see the dead spots from the 20 yard line to 20 yard line you used to see."
The new Bermudagrass will require more mowing and watering to maintain.
The field should be growing by July.
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