High School Football

Crews scrambling to finish Eagle’s new $600,000 football field in time for kickoff

Crews began removing the old artificial turf at Eagle High’s Thunder Stadium in June.
Crews began removing the old artificial turf at Eagle High’s Thunder Stadium in June. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Construction delays on the new artificial turf field at Eagle High continue to threaten the season opener between the Eagle and Mountain View football teams.

Mountain View announced the game would be moved to Rocky Mountain late Wednesday morning. But after crews began laying down sections of the turf Wednesday, West Ada School District Activities Director Jason Warr said Wednesday evening the district is holding off on officially moving the Aug. 25 game.

Warr said West Ada will make a final decision Tuesday.

“Rocky Mountain is our contingency plan, and we’re prepared to go that way,” Warr said. “But we are pushing like heck to play that game next Friday night at Eagle.”

West Ada approved a $621,204 contract with Sprinturf in April to replace the aging field at Eagle, originally installed in 2006. The field failed two safety tests last year that required repairs.

The contract required the field to be substantially completed by Aug. 4 or face a $1,000-a-day fine. As of Wednesday, those charges are up to $13,000.

Warr said Sprinturf worked over the weekend to fix the gravel base, which wasn’t compacted enough to start installing the turf.

“The problem with that is if you put turf on it, that subfill moves and you can get dents, holes,” West Ada spokesman Eric Exline said last week. “The turf just won’t hold up the way that it should over the life of 10 to 12 years.”

If Sprinturf can’t finish the field by Tuesday, the game will move to Rocky Mountain’s Brighton Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Eagle will move its Aug. 24 freshman game to Mountain View regardless of when Sprinturf finishes the field. Mountain View will host a freshman/junior varsity doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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