Three Rivers Schools Get Superdome’s Old Turf
By Mike Perleberg
(Cleves, Oh.) – For each of its home games starting next season, the Taylor High School football team will play its homes games on the same field that a Super Bowl was played on.
Three Rivers Local Schools located to a new $63 million K-12 school building on Cooper Avenue in Cleves this past August. However, the high school football team continued to play on the field at the old Taylor High School for home games as the new school’s athletic fields were still under construction.
On Monday, pieces of the old turf field from the Louisiana Superdome – home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the 2013 Super Bowl – began to arrive at the Three Rivers Educational Campus.
The used artificial turf came at a fraction of the cost of a new turf field, which typically costs close to $1 million. Taylor High School athletic director Larry Herges said the school got the field for about $146,000.
It’s not in bad shape either. The turf is only one year old, as the Superdome replaces its field each year. It had most recently been the surface for the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl between Oklahoma and Alabama.
In September, the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Grassroots program granted Three Rivers Local Schools a $200,000 grant for the district’s Fields of Dreams campaign. That grant was used to pay for the new field, as well as other new athletic facilities at the Three Rivers Educational Campus.
The new turf field will be used by not just the football team, but also soccer teams, the marching band, and others.