APS Installs New Turf for Start of HS Football Season
Artificial turf replaces 11-year-old surfaces at Milne and Wilson.
August 28, 2012
Albuquerque Public Schools has installed new artificial surfaces that are ready to go in time for the first high school football games at Milne and Wilson stadiums. The 2012 season begins this week.
“It had been 11-and-a-half years since the fields were replaced, so it was definitely time,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “The new surface is thicker and will be more comfortable for the players to use. I’m excited to see the season begin.”
A heavy schedule took its toll on the old fields over the past 11 ½ years. By last year, 13 APS high schools and a private school shared the two facilities for varsity, junior varsity and freshman team games. Some relief is in sight with the new APS Community Stadium expected to be completed for the 2013 season.
The new surfaces are manufactured by FieldTurf, the same firm that built those being installed at the University of New Mexico’s football and baseball stadiums and is used in college and professional stadiums around the country. The surfaces at Milne and Wilson cover 72,000 square feet and cost $312,000 each. Available capital funding paid for the project.
The regular season begins Thursday with the East vs. West Kickoff Clash. Sandia takes on West Mesa at Milne, while Volcano Vista meets Manzano at Wilson. Both games begin at 7 p.m.