Farrell football pitch renovations nearing completion | Sports

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The dirt has been leveled, drainage installed and the turf is nearly complete and in over a week the Farrell High School football field will be in playable condition.

On Monday afternoon, a significant portion of the turf was cut down and Amp Pegues, athletic director and head football coach at Farrell, expects most of the project to be completed by the end of the week.

The project, which cost over $1 million, began this summer. The Steelers have decided to go from grass to turf with a new track and a new scoreboard. Once construction is complete the week of August 29, the Steelers will join several schools in Mercer County with an artificial playing surface.

The turf installation is handled by AstroTurf, a company headquartered in Dalton, Ga. Nevco handles the construction of the dash.

“The track will be finished very soon, probably before the end of this week,” Pegues said. “There are a few more additions they need to make, but we’re looking pretty good for next week.”

Due to delays, the football field will not be ready in time for the Steelers’ opener against North East on Friday. Pegues contacted Westminster College and Slippery Rock University to possibly find another short-term site. The Steelers will play their season opener with the Grape Pickers at Westminster, but will host Ursuline at the new ground the following week, September 2.

Pegues said the track will be largely completed in time for the game against the Irish. The track surface will need a few weeks to settle, so the workers will return after the Ursulines game to take care of the finishing touches.

“That’s the timeline we’re getting right now, and we seem pretty confident [for] this week,” Pegues said.

The match between the Steelers and the Irish is one of the most anticipated of the football season. Both teams have state title aspirations – the Irish beat Brookfield 52-14 in their opener last Thursday – and Pegues expects a bigger turnout for the home opener.

“It’s a really good program and we think we are too,” Pegues said. “There are going to be a lot of people coming just to see the stadium and see this showpiece game.”

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