MOLLIE S. WATERS | The Greenville Standard
Turf replacement for Greenville’s Tiger Stadium field started on May 23, and according to GHS Head Football Coach Josh McLendon, the new grass is really starting to grow.
“The sprigs of grass were put out last week, and the first round of fertilizer was issued this Wednesday,” said McLendon. “It looks kind of rough now, but I expect that to change within the next couple of weeks.”
McLendon said that a project like this one has never been undertaken at Tiger Stadium before now.
“It (the field) had no crown in it, and every time it rained, it would be soaked,” said McLendon. “We have the right type of grass and a good sprinkler system now, which should make for a better playing surface.”
McLendon said the field work has been completed by Sur Line, a company specializing in field renovations.
He added that the remainder of the responsibilities for the renovations have been done through the City of Greenville and the Butler County Board of Education. New fencing and goal posts are included in the changes being made.
“We hope to make Tiger Stadium a great place to play football,” stated McLendon.
With the grass beginning to grow, the new field is taking shape, and McLendon had high praise for several of the city employees who have been instrumental in the renovation planning.
“I have confidence in Matt Langford and Jennifer Stringer, and I know they will have it ready,” said McLendon when asked if the field would be ready for the opening game.
“They are working extremely hard, and I really appreciate that,” added McLendon. “I also would like to thank Chris Findley and his crew for their help. This project wouldn’t be possible without people like Matt, Jennifer and Chris.”
Greenville High School’s first football game of the season will be on Aug. 18.