Gordo High football’s new turf makes practicing, playing less problematic

Gordo Football Field 2

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister

Gordo High School realized the blessing of its new field early in the school year before their first game day, considering all the rain from Hurricane Ida didn’t stop them from practicing.

Gordo got almost 5 inches of rain during the storm, and the new turf kept the drenched soil far underfoot, allowing them time for practice on the field.

The upgrade came after drainage problems and erosion caused sinkholes at Libby Hankins Field, so the school invested in the rubber-pellet turf made out of old tires so students could resume at-home play and practice. Fundraising events are helping pay for the cost of the field.

“You’re able to get days that you wouldn’t have got,” said head coach Ryan Lolley. “As far as practicing, it’d be hard this week to get any days outside if we were on grass. With the turf, there’s still some days that somebody else is not getting.”

After missing out on a home field last season, Week 1’s home game against Oakman High School was extra special for Gordo.

“Libby Hankins Field is a special place to all of us,” Lolley said. “I know it certainly is to me, our players and fans as well. To have the opportunity to play at home was something special to have.”

The new field does come with one major drawback, Lolley said, but it’s not enough to outweigh the benefits. Because the turf is made of rubber, it holds heat. But a hot field is a whole lot better than a muddy, holey mess that needs constant upkeep.

“I’ve been painting and mowing for 19 years on fields, so it’s awesome to be able to say ‘Hey, get your helmets, shoulder pads on and let’s go to practice,’ and you get out there and everything is lined off. It is a lot hotter, but i’ll take it every day.”

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