Provo School District builds Provo High its "field of dreams"

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  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Sept. 17, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    Why badger a school district for having the sense to install a turf that can be used 365 days a year with no need to water or mow? Not to mention safer than the worn out cow pastures that have been the state of the previous field and practice areas. I played and practiced on all these surfaces and I think it's great the kids will no longer have to deal with what we had to. Every kid in school will have the use of these facilities through varsity play or PE classes. I have been to the Allen High School stadium, it's amazing, if you can build it and the taxpayers want it, why begrudge them it's not your money. Jealousy is such an ugly trait. Go Bulldogs!

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Aug. 22, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Deion Sanders said "look good, feel good, feel good play good, play good pay good, etc., (look it up) Since Wasatch built their new facility a few years back, it has been awesome for the WHOLE community. Not only does the football team use it, track and field, and adults use the track daily for walking/jogging, but boys and girls soccer, all the youth teams use it, Cheer, Drill, we hosted some playoff football games for other divisions. Since the snow doesn't stick to it as long, the teams have an outdoor surface to practice on earlier in the year, and later into the fall without being muddy and torn up. Many people use it for flag football or pick up soccer games. The students have more pride in it and have taken pretty decent care of it. If you add it all up, the varsity, JV, sophomore, freshmen teams, along with soccer boy and girls, youth programs, and community members having a surface to play on as well, you get a pretty good value out of it. But, it's all in the attitude. Just sayin'...

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    The facility is a step forward for Provo HS athletics but I feel the baseball parents, coaches and players have a right to feel slighted. It is time for the district to step up and finish that facility like it should and also maintain it. The amount of work Coach Moore has to put into that place, is enormous and too much. The baseball program also has some good talent coming up and it would be too bad if the (lack) of a quality facility hampered their success.

  • Scots Ogden, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Allen High School in Texas got a $60 Million football stadium, Google ALLEN High School 60 million dollar football stadium it the best high school stadium in the country. That School spends 20x more then Provo did and no one cares.

  • Swishfrom3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    Maybe there should be an audit? Were these funds, to the penny accounted for? Maybe we should demand a District audit, and go witch hunting like we did at Timpview. I am sure we can hose PHS like THS got one pulled over on them by the District.

  • homers Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    It seems that the Provo High School football program got rewarded for being terrible. In the past 5 years they have gone 19-34 and made one short trip to the post season. The basketball team has gon to the post season 3 times in the past 5 years. Lance Moore's baseball team has gone to the playoffs 5 times in 5 years and yet they get rewarded with a completely substandard field that the school district spent less than a $100,000 on and for which the parents and team members worked over 4,000 volunteer hours on. It looked pretty good when finished but since being finished the District has allowed the place to fall into disrepair and is overgrown with weeds. Maybe the baseball team should lose like crazy, blame it on their facility, and then milk the District for a million bucks and build a gem.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    I agree with Kralon. I am not sure it will bring more victories, I imagine over time it will. It seems athletes tend to be drawn to schools with nicer facilities. As for the people who believe it is a waste. The article does address this, the money saved on water and field maintenance will be saved. If you look at the studies of maintaining landscaped athletic facilities, the cost is enormous. I think you will be surprised. As for those who comment and say, what about the kids who don't use the facilities. Again, you would be surprised the amount of money a simple high school football game brings in. Your money will be returned 10 fold. This is not a waste. I wish more Utah County schools would get on the band wagon and get their fields done this way. We live in a desert and the cost savings are worth it.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Too bad Provo High is rated in the bottom 50

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    Just what we needed. Public support so a few athletes can play their sport on the rest of our dime. Either let the fans or the players pay for this kind of stuff. Public education funds need to go to education, not expensive hobbies of the athletic minority.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    A great investment for Provo students and their community.

    Certainly better than spending $32 million on a training facility for a handful of pamperred student athletes, while the rest of the studentbody is forced to help fund their program through increased student fees.

  • Love skiing Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Wow. You have got to be kidding. 3.2 million of public money on a sport complex. What about the other kids who don't participate in sport. Disgusting.

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    What a waste. Continue to push for modern day gladiators who are chewed up and spit out by the establishment as they get older, hurt, and more and more useless. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

    Aug. 21, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    From my own experience there is a better overall feeling when living and playing in better facilities. I don't know if it will bring more victories, but the students will feel better about themselves and have a little more pride in their school and each other. Sometimes that is enough, especially during those emotional teenage years.