Prep Football Report
Lincoln’s new artificial field expected to be ready for first home game.
LINCOLN — The grass is up and the gravel is down at Lincoln, where Wolf Pack Stadium is being layered with an artificial surface.
Work began on July 17 and the project is expected to be finished in time for the Wolves’ first home game against Keys, Okla., on Sept 8. Lincoln, which is practicing at its former stadium north of downtown, opens the season Sept. 1 at Westville, Okla.
Workers driving heavy equipment spent part of the week spreading gravel on the field before the artificial turf is installed. The project is part of an upgrade at Lincoln High School that includes an improved drainage system and an indoor practice facility.
Lincoln athletic director Deon Birkes said the switch to an artificial surface has been planned for some time and that $500,000 is committed in a partnership between the school and contributors to its foundation. The turf was purchased from a company in Louisiana for $677,000.
“An artificial turf is more usable where everybody, like our soccer team and even our PE classes, can use it,” Birkes said. “It’s easier to maintain than grass and Shiloh Christian bought an artificial turf from the same company that’s been in place on its field for 16 years.
“It’s all about the kids. We’ve got great kids here at Lincoln and we want to provide for them.”
Layers of gravel are spread out Wednesday as work continues at Wolf Pack Stadium in Lincoln. The football field is being prepared for an artificial surface.