Webster Central School District – New Multi-Purpose Synthetic Turf Fields

Turf Fields Solve Drainage and Scheduling Problems for Webster CSD

Webster Central School District’s existing high school baseball fields had major drainage problems. Teams were routinely unable to use the fields during the early spring season, forcing the District to schedule games at other facilities. The fields required extensive time and money on a yearly basis. Additionally, poor design left no room for softball fields at the same facility.

To remedy this, the District’s 2018 Capital Improvement Program included the installation of new multi-purpose synthetic turf fields at Schroeder High School and Thomas High School, thereby eliminating the District’s drainage problems and issues with occupying the fields in the early spring. The reconfigured turf design allows the space to be used more efficiently for baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer, and accommodates a full football field during the off season.

The improved design also provides Webster Central School District with the ability to host multiple games at the same time, a major scheduling upgrade. The installation of athletic field lighting also gives the District the ability to host night games, further relieving their scheduling problems.

 

The District’s 2018 Capital Improvement Program also included library renovations at multiple elementary, middle, and high schools within the District. Learn more about these renovations here!

 

New Turf Fields at Schroeder High School

The athletic portion of this project included a new, 4.5-acre multi-purpose synthetic turf baseball/softball/practice field and athletic amenities such as backstops, bullpens, batting cages, dugouts, bleachers, scoreboards, ball netting, and portable outfield fencing.

In addition, the track facility was upgraded from a cinder track to an asphalt track with rubberized surfacing. Multiple track events were upgraded, including long jump, triple jump, high jump, steeplechase, pole vault, shotput, discus, and hammer throw. A new natural grass sod field was also constructed on the interior of the track.

A large grandstand and press box were installed to improve the field seating capacity and provide live event broadcast capabilities. Stadium lighting was also installed to allow extended hours of play. Finally, an entrance area to the field complex featuring landscaping, a new storage building, and a restroom area was constructed.

An Award-Winning Project

In December 2022, the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) honored the District’s Schroeder High School athletic fields with a Distinguished Facility Award in the Multi Field category.

Held in Palm Springs, California in early December, the annual awards program supports the ASBA’s goal of promoting excellence in sports facility construction and design. Awards are given to the facility with recognition of participating ASBA members.

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