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GHS football field replacement underway

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Work is underway at Galax High School, where the grass on the football/soccer field is being replaced with an artificial surface. The project is expected to be completed in time for football season this fall.

The project is being paid for through the school system’s capital project fund, and the price tag is expected to be around $879,000, which is roughly $250,000 below original estimates, according to Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

Sports Construction Management of Lexington, N.C., is doing the work.

Efforts to regrow grass on the patchy field were unsuccessful, and areas of the field were often brown or barren after football season.

“We talked to other people, we looked at other fields and talked to coaches, we researched turf fields, the positives and negatives,” Sturgill said earlier this year. “We felt that for our community and our school, having this athletic field that would lend itself to the recreation department, the soccer program, you can’t overuse it.”