Provo HS recently put in an artificial surface. it will take time but it will
pay for itself. Already it has had rentals from charity football games to youth
football games. In the longterm it was a good investment for the school and
@Guy With A Brain Instead of being appalled at the cost of the field in
reality we need to be concerned with what these boys have done. They have
broken the law. They have vandalized something no matter what the cost is.@IronmanI believe we have misplaced our priorities. @BIG CKids need to be responsible for their actions no matter what the cost. I
feel that the issue on money is crazy when the issue is what the boys did.
JMHO said: "The sad part is that times have changed and there really is no
legal, safe, outlet for teens to act like teens."I have no idea
what you're talking about. It almost sounds like you're saying
torching fields was perfectly acceptable, apple-pie-and-Chevrolet hijinks back
before schools had artificial turf. If that was you during HS, let's just
say we would not have been running in the same social circles.So,
what you actually suggesting should be made legal that is currently not?
@ owlmaster2 - Kaysville, UT @ A Guy With A Brain - "That football field
isn't sod. It's artificial turf manufactured in Texas. The visible
burnt area isn't the total damage. There is damage UNDER the turf as
well."OK, thanks for the clarification.Hmmmm.....maybe I should go into the artificial turf business....
Writing this off as "boys will be boys" is a cop out. Choice and
consequences has never been out of style, even hundreds of years ago. Perhaps
the parents have learned something too when the invoice comes in the mail.
Turf fields can be a great investment for HS's, especially in areas where
maintaining a grass field can be difficult and expensive. Most if not all
Portland, OR area HS's have installed turf fields over the past 2 decades.
Our experience there was just the opposite of james d. morrison in So Cal -
before the turf fields, the grass field was off limits to everyone but the FB
team; at times, they couldn't even practice on it. Now the turf field is
used constantly by various groups, 7 days a week, year-round - with several
non-school leagues paying rent to reserve and use it on a regular basis.The initial investment was hard to swallow, but in retrospect it's
been a great thing, not just for the HS, but for the community at large -
little league FB, soccer clubs, lacrosse clubs, etc. Much of the installation
cost was donated by local businesses and supporters.
It isn't shocking that teens would do this. This prank has been done for a
hundred years. The difference is that everyone used to do it to grass and it
would grow back. The sad part is that times have changed and there really is no
legal, safe, outlet for teens to act like teens. But of course, that is just my
mecr,Perhaps why most people read this story was because of the
headline about the multi-million dollar high school football field.
~Multi-MILLION? That can't be right... let me read this and see what it
really meant.~ I find it flabbergasting that $2 million was spent on a field, of
any sort, let alone a football field for a high school. That $2 million could
have been and should be spent on something else much more worthwile... perhaps
TEACHING our children something of value instead of putting those dollars on
something they (a few) run around on. I agree with you that it is shocking and
wrong that these kids lit it on fire. But let's not teach them anything and
instead spend those resources on a field of turf.
Can people here set aside the $$ about the turf and look at the fact that those
2 teen did it because they thought it was fun????Is this generation
really that irresponsible? I understand kids slacking at school, not cleaning
bedrooms but setting a fire over public property? really?????
@owlmaster2"Sports bring a lot of money into the school system.
You put money in where you get money back ..."When Davis high
football nets $2 million in gate receipts then you can use that argument. Until
then, a field this expensive is a waste of money.
In SoCal, all the schools have the expensive turf and the fences around them are
all locked and the only people allowed on them during the year are football
players and the tracks are so nice that no one except the track team is allowed
on them. No public use of the public school.
@ A Guy With A BrainThat football field isn't sod. It's
artificial turf manufactured in Texas. The visible burnt area isn't the
total damage. There is damage UNDER the turf as well.@ Iron RodSports bring a lot of money into the school system. You put money in
where you get money back ...Ya'll just jump to conclusion
without the facts and make judgements. Chill out man.
Perhaps I am out of touch but two million dollars for the football field.Maybe we have misplaced prioritiesIf the field is two
million dollars how much were the bleachers?
Yes. The field is turf that came from a company in Texas so it is really
expensive to get people to come up to Utah and re-install the turf. The fire
destroyed only a small area, but there was more damage from soot to other areas
Isn't it turf?
Article quote: "Investigators say the boys went to Davis High School about
8:30 p.m. Saturday with a container of gasoline, poured it on the north end of
the football field and burned an 8-foot by 6-foot area.....Damage to the field
was estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000"Between
$10,000-$15,000???Even at only $10,000, since an 8' x 6'
area is 48 square feet, that's a whopping $208.33 a square foot.For sod?Does. Not. Compute.