Kingsport BOE approves nearly $1M to replace football field turf, install fencing


KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- School officials in Kingsport are looking to replace the artificial turf at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. 

Tuesday night members of the Kingsport Board of Education voted to move forward with the project that not only calls for replacing the turf on the football field, but would also include the installation of new fencing around the field, and new turf for the baseball and softball practice facilities.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $956,000. 

Assistant Superintendent, Andy True, said the artificial turf that’s covering the field at Dobyns-Bennett High School now has been there for a little over a decade. 

“It’s really at this point time to start looking at what kind of replacement needed to happen, a decade ago we did all the sub-surface work to get all of the drainage and the grading where it needed to be for the original surface, now when it comes to replacement its basically a matter of peeling kind of that top surface off and replacing it, ” True said.

True also said they’re looking to add a more permanent type of fencing around the field.

“We want that field area to be as secure as possible, and we’ve used portable fencing in the past to kind of perimeter on game nights and when we have Fun Fest concerts and those types of things,” True said. 

Now that the project has the board of education’s approval, it will go before the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman.

True said if it’s approved the project would be complete by early February 2019.

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