New Artificial Turf Excites Bibb County High Schools Student Athletes and Coaches

It’s out with the mud, and in with the synthetic turf at Ed DeFore Sports Complex. The soccer and football fields will now have turf. Money for the project will come from ESPLOST funds and will cost $2-million.

Ed DeFore Sports Complex will revolutionize the way athletes, coaches, and parents think about artificial turf. The two fields will feature AstroTurf RootZone, 3D3 Blended Fiber, 52 oz. over Brock Powerbase YSR pad making the fields some of the safest artificial turf systems in the country. 

“We want to put our kids on the best surface as possible to play and we’re doing that. We have contracted with sports turf who has brought in Astroturf to put down the artificial turf. We’re putting a pad up under our turf, it’s called a “Brock Pad,” Bibb County School District Athletic Director Barney Hester said.

The “Brock Pad” will help reduce the risk of concussions, improve footing, and increase the life of the synthetic turf system. 

“If you have one, [a concussion] it’s a problem. So anything we can do to try to eliminate that concern we’d want to do,” Hester said.

Westside High Head Football Coach Spoon Risper says the synthetic turf is a win for all 12 schools that use the fields.

“Any time you invest in your kids, they don’t feel like second class citizens. This is first class,” Risper said.

If you look good, you feel good, and in turn you play good.

“It feels like you can enjoy playing soccer,” Hernandez said.

A new concession stand and restrooms is being built by the soccer field. The soccer field will be complete by next month, and the football field is going to be done by spring.

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