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Turf field will come eventually, board says

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” The new Battle Mountain High School athletic fields will get artificial turf and bleachers, maybe just not right away, school officials said.

Some parents said that when they voted for a $128 million bond issue last November, they expected an improved stadium ready for the students to use, not a grass sports field and partial use of the old fields.

Karl Fauland said that when he and his wife voted for the bond issue, they were voting for full facilities.

“How can you do that? Shifting events to old facilities would be out of line,” he said.

An artificial turf field would be more durable, especially with snow storms coming early in the season, said soccer coach David Cope.

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But school board officials said there has been misinformation ” a full facility is in the plans, but parts of it just might come in stages.

The design and construction teams for the new high school have plans for 1,100 seats, lights, goal posts and score board ” everything needed for a functional stadium, Green said.

It would cost $700,000 to $800,000 to install astroturf on the field, he said.

“It would be irresponsible to commit that right now,” Green said.

The planning teams are working on getting the field funded, and the school board intends to get it done, he said.

“Our first goal is to get the bricks and mortar of the academic facility up and running,” he said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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