(Posted July 21, 2016)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The London High School football team held its first practice on the new synthetic turf at Bowlus Field on July 19.
That morning, school officials completed the final walk-through inspection of the installation and signed off on the project. Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer said the installation was completed on time and a couple of thousand dollars under budget.
The cost of the project, which also includes grading and seeding for softball and baseball fields at London Middle School, is $635,000. School supporters have collected $500,000 in private donations and continue to raise funds.
The first big public event scheduled to take place on the new turf is the Jamboree, a football scrimmage set for Aug. 18 between London and Jonathan Alder. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. The first home football game of the regular season is Aug. 26 against Urbana.
Boys’ and girls’ soccer games are slated to take place on the field starting the week of Aug. 20. Most of the practice time on the field will go to the high school sports teams and the marching band, said Jimmy Wolverton, athletic director.
Rough grading for the middle school softball and baseball fields is done. Seeding will take place this fall. Kramer said the fields should be ready for competition by this coming spring. The softball field will have a dirt infield; the baseball field will have a grass infield.
Donation forms are available in the district office and online at http://www.london.k12.oh.us/BOWLUSFIELDUPGRADE.aspx