FRMC Stadium Turf

Athletics Dept. Eyes New Turf For Stadium
Posted on 10/22/2020
FRMC Stadium GateUPDATE: On Monday, October 19, the Board of Education voted 5-0 to hire Maumee Bay Turf Center to replace the turf on the Firelands Regional Medical Center Field at a cost of $406,036.

The company will begin installation of the turf on Monday, October 26, weather permitting. If the weather cooperates, the field can be completed within three weeks.

As part of the negotiated terms, the new turf includes a 10-year warranty on the turf and workmanship.

After nine football seasons, the turf on the Firelands Regional Medical Center Field has seen its better days. On Wednesday, Perkins Athletic Director Ted Sturzinger presented a plan to install new turf on the field.

The current field, while still safe to play, is beginning to show signs that it could increase the risk of concussions and other injuries to athletes. It also is showing general wear and tear that needs increased maintenance.

Mr. Sturzinger recommended to the Board of Education that the district hire Maumee Bay Turf Center to replace the turf. Maumee Bay has installed turf at about a dozen local high school stadiums in addition to several college and NFL stadiums.

Mr. Sturzinger said the time is right to replace the turf to ensure the safety of student-athletes. Additionally, the cost of materials is expected to increase after January 1, 2021.

The running track will not be replaced as part of this project, however it will be done in a separate project slated for next spring.

The cost to replace the turf is $406,036.
Mr. Sturzinger also presented a bid from another firm, the Motz Group, of Cincinnati, for $419,000. The Motz Group installed the current field in 2012.

The district will use $147,214 set aside in a special fund for the turf replacement, and the balance from the district’s Permanent Improvement Fund, which currently has $1.08 million.

The board took no action on the recommendation on Wednesday night, but is expected to act on the matter.