College Community Stadium Upgrades
The Prairie High School varsity stadium field was used heavily, including a full lineup of football games as well as marching band competitions. Keeping the field in playable shape was a significant challenge for the maintenance staff, particularly in late fall at the end of football season.
The project included a new synthetic turf field to replace the natural grass field, the addition of home bleachers, replacement of the visitor’s side bleachers, and new perimeter fencing. Additionally a new entry plaza was created which included a storage building with integral ticket booth, entry gate, donor monument, lighting, seating and landscaping. The centerpiece of the project was the replacement of the existing natural grass field with a new synthetic turf field. As part of the field renovation, the long jump pits were relocated to the D zones to allow room for a competition soccer field. The old visitor bleachers that had become a safety concern were replaced with 800 new seats and the home side added 1,400 seats.
Replacing the natural grass field with synthetic turf provided the district with a safer field that looks great throughout the year. Because this project was paid for with private donations along with SILO taxes, a key element was the creation of a donor monument to recognize contributions. The names of the donors are inscribed on stone panels installed on the monumental entry gate. Every fan entering the stadium walks through the gate and past the names of these donors. The renovated facility provides an improved experience for athletes and fans.