Grafton High will open its season August 30th against Philip Barbour at home on a brand new field.
The Bearcats are one of several local teams moving to artificial surface this year, joining Lincoln and Clay-Battelle.
The new field cost about $700 thousand dollars and includes a pair of new scoreboards that are still under construction. "Friends of McKinney Field" an alumni group was very active in fundraising, raising about half of the money.
The former surface at McKinney field often flooded.
Athletic Director Rich Bord said its important to have a field that can hold up under a high demand.
" We currently have 56 scheduled events for this field already," said Bord. "That doesn't include any type of practices, that doesn't include any type of work the band will do on the field, and fields just don't stand up to that anymore."
Football training camps begin August 5th. On Friday July 2, Grafton will hold an alumni game on the new field.
Lincoln's turf project replaces an old grass field, lighting and a new sound system. You can read about that project here.
Clay-Battle's is the most invasive project. Add in 2,000 seat complex and turf field in Blackville. An update on that field can be read here.
You can also read more about the McKinney Field update here.