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Ram Field Getting Major Upgrade

Story By: Jeff Alan



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  Original Published: 7/25/2013

No more mud at Ram Field by 2014.  At least that's the plan right now.  At Wednesday's Madison board of education meeting, the board gave the go ahead on a project which will give the football field and the track a new all weather surface.  The project will be paid for through the school booster club and private donations.

Jayson Stone who is head of the stadium improvements committee, says the idea really got going after Madison played Toledo Central Catholic in the second round of the playoffs last season at Sandusky Perkins which had just installed turf.  Prior to that game, the Rams played two games in horrible field conditions because of weather at Westlake in the playoffs and at home against Senior High in week ten.

Joe Klupp, president of the athletic boosters, says the subject of turf and resurfacing the track has been talked about for a number of years but the time was never right, until now.  Klupp says there were other things that needed attention such as a new softball facility and improvements to Wayne E. Miller Gym.   The project is hoped to be completed before the start of the 2014 season.

Madison now becomes the third local school to install field turf.  Ashland High School in conjunction with Ashland University led the way back in 2006, installing field turf at Community Stadium formerly shared by the Arrows and Eagles for nearly 35 years after weather conditions in 2005 turned the grass at Community Stadium into mud and dirt.  AU has had their own facility since 2009, Jack Miller Stadium which also has turf.

Mansfield's Arlin Field was next to go to field turf in 2011 and has since been the site to several OHSAA Division I and II playoff games including last years D-1 Massillon/Toledo Whitmer regional final which drew nearly 10,000 fans.  Other area schools are also giving field turf a serious look, especially with more high school offenses going to the spread formation and throwing the football.


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