Prep Foot­ball Re­port

Lin­coln’s new ar­ti­fi­cial field ex­pected to be ready for first home game.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Fires

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.”

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK

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.

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