hopes to debut its new synthetic turf field at its Sept. 9 football home opener against Stone Bridge. Construction began on the project on July 18, and Terry Brown, director of student activities, is optimistic that the new playing surface will be installed in time.
“The weather’s been fairly cooperative. We’re hoping with our fingers crossed that it will be done by then,” said an upbeat Brown.
“I think if everything goes well and according to plan, it will be done. If there are any glitches that cost the crew three or four days of production, then that could be a little bit of a problem.”
Excavation for the AstroTurf field is currently under way and is being completed by a six-person crew from North Carolina who commute weekly for the project. According to Brown, the process thus far has gone smoothly.
The new AstroTurf field will run goal post to goal post and will stretch track to track. The infill will consist of multiple layers of rubber and sand, which Brown hopes will mimic the previous grass surface.
“We’re used to a Bermudagrass surface, which is real short, fast and firm. That’s what we want to try to have with the turf. We’re getting a turf field, so I can’t complain too much about that.”
Once excavation is complete, crews will trench the excavated surface and install a drainage system. Lastly, the AstroTurf carpet will be laid, seamed and glued.
The transition from grass to synthetic turf has become an increasingly popular trend among local high schools. Once complete, Chantilly will join a growing list of schools that feature a turf field which include Marshall, Washington-Lee, and Yorktown.
While Chantilly’s sports team and marching band undoubtedly benefit from the installation of the new turf field, the local community will also have the opportunity to enjoy the surface for sporting events and activities.
"We want something that the community can enjoy," said Brown.