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Preparatory sports: Collins Field artificial turf pitch receives donation from FFA alumni | Sports

The installation of an artificial turf pitch, new restrooms, concession stand and press room is just around the corner from Collins Field.

Stoughton FFA alumni have donated $5,000 to the project, Stoughton High School Sports Booster Club President Steve Lyons said on Monday, February 21. The total cost of the new artificial turf pitch and renovations is estimated at $1.1 million based on research by Mel Dow, director of activities at Stoughton High School. Stoughton School District Director of Business Services Erica Pickett said the total project for the artificial turf field, restrooms and concession stand was $2.2 million.

“We cannot thank the FFA alumni enough for their generous donation,” Lyons said. “It has been so heartwarming to see so many non-profits, businesses and individuals contributing to these efforts. We will see future tournaments in Stoughton and our restaurants, stores, hotels and other businesses will feel the impact. positive for the years to come.

Lyons said grand opening is scheduled for mid-May and the project is expected to be completed by September 30.

Pickett said the school district is working with CG Schmidt of Milwaukee as construction manager.

CG Schmidt partners with Point of Beginning to design the project and bring it to fruition.

Pickett said CG Schmidt assisted the district with a tendering process for various components of the work to ensure the best competitive prices in a construction market that is experiencing supply chain issues. and high inflation.

The artificial turf supplier the district has selected is Midwest Sport and Turf System.

Stoughton Sports Boosters donated a $20,000 check to the school district for the project in January. This donation, along with matching funds, brought SHS Sports Boosters’ total donation amount for the project to $120,000.

The Collins Field renovation project began in 2019 after Stoughton Trailers announced it would donate $150,000 as an initial gift, then offered to match an additional $350,000 in community donations for the project. The donation from Stoughton Trailers stipulated that it must be used by June 30, 2022, bringing some urgency to the project.

In September, Keith and Tammy Anderson, who are Class of 1981 alumni, presented the District with a $1 million donation to the District for the renovation.

SHS Sports Boosters have developed a GoFundMe.