With a little over a month until the start of the high school football season, upgrades to Bridgeport’s Bull Memorial Stadium are right on schedule. According to Bridgeport ISD’s Director of Athletics Danny Henson, crews gave a finish date of Aug. 15 to have the new field turf completely installed.
“Right now they are digging a lot of dirt and getting the base down to where it needs to be,” Henson said. “Rain might slow them down some, but as of right now they are on time. The entire project should be done by our first home scrimmage.”
The Bulls begin the season with a scrimmage in Argyle Aug. 17, then return home for their final scrimmage against Celina on Aug. 22. The completion date of Aug. 15 should give the crew a week of wiggle room if weather impedes the project.
On May 20 the BISD board of trustees approved the purchase and installation of the artificial turf. The winning bid came from Paragon Sports Constructors of Fort Worth, as they proposed a base bid of $764,114.
The project will also include new goal posts and scoreboard.
The track will remain the same. A protective layer of plastic has been laid on top of the running surface to protect it during the renovation project.
“With all the digging and equipment being around it’s exciting,” Henson said. “Now we just can’t wait to see what it look likes when everything is done.”
Although football will the biggest beneficiary of the new field, Henson says other programs will be able to take advantage too.
“The football and band programs will benefit the most,” he said. “If we get a lot of rain in the spring, the baseball and softball teams could use it to take ground balls and things for practice.”
But the football team will get a lot of use out of the new field very early in its season. After the home scrimmage, the Bulls will start the regular season with two straight home games against Alvarado and Abilene Wylie. Two weeks later they will celebrate homecoming against Burkburnett. The Bulls will play a total of six home games in 2013.
The season officially begins with the start of two-a-days Aug. 5.