WIND POINT — The Prairie School is breaking ground today on a new soccer field complex that will cost $1.2 million and will replace the school’s grass soccer field with a safer artificial turf field, according to Chris Fusco, Prairie’s director of development.
The new soccer field complex is being completely funded by donations. It will be located where the school’s current grass soccer field is now, just north of Prairie’s school building at 4050 Lighthouse Drive, Fusco said.
The soccer field is being updated so it is safer for students and so it can handle more use, Fusco said.
New artificial turf will allow water to simply run off the field, keeping it from getting muddy, slippery and potentially dangerous in inclement weather, said Prairie spokesman Rick Fields.
“It also will allow (our) kids to be playing earlier than others in terms of the season, and we can use it for physical education classes and so on without concern for wear and tear on the field,” Fusco added.
Plus, he said, the artificial turf being used has the highest rating available from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the international soccer association better known as FIFA.
Aside from the artificial turf, the new soccer field complex will include new covered benches for players, sports lighting and stands for spectators. The stands will seat 500 and will take the place of a single “makeshift stand” that currently seats about 20 people along the field, Fusco said.
The new soccer field complex should be finished and ready for use in August, in time for the boys soccer season, Fusco said.
The project’s official groundbreaking will happen today at 10 a.m., Fields said.
The field itself will be named Osiecki Field after project donors Chris and Jill Osiecki. The overall soccer field complex will be called the Ruud Lighting Soccer Complex, for project donors Alan and Chris Ruud, according to Fusco.
SOCCER FIELD PART OF A LARGER FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
The Prairie School’s planned $1.2 million soccer field complex is just one of the projects being funded by the school’s Imagine Inspire Transform fundraising campaign, which raised about $4.5 million from September 2012 to September 2013.
Other projects funded by the Imagine Inspire Transform campaign include a theater renovation and new science labs.
SOURCES: Rick Fields, Prairie School spokesman; and Chris Fusco, Prairie’s director of development.