Pirates' decks get upgraded
DAYTON – Dayton High School’s athletic facilities are receiving upgrades.
The Pirates will be installing artificial turf at Dewey Sullivan Field, replacing the football field’s original grass surface. Artificial turf will also go into the infields of the school’s softball and baseball fields, according to Dayton Athletic Director Todd Shirley.
An anonymous donor’s gift provided much of the funding needed for the project, according to Shirley. Shirley estimated that the total cost of the project will come to about $2 million to refurbish all three fields.
“For a small public school to do this is a pretty neat experience,” Shirley said. “It shows that it can be done in small communities.”
Dayton’s new football field will also include soccer lines, allowing the Pirates’ boys and girls soccer teams to play games closer to home. (Dayton has been playing its soccer games at the Dayton Grade School.) Additional construction will be required to move elements like the long jump pits, used by the track and field team, to a different part of the facility, according to Shirley.
Construction will begin after the Dayton High School graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. All fields are expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2014 fall sports season.
Shirley said that the high school is also soliciting renovations for facility upgrades to Dewey Sullivan Field and the Pirates’ softball field.