JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new football complex welcomes Valley View students back to school Monday morning.
The Valley View School District has worked on the $1.2 million project for over a year.
Superintendent Bryan Russell said Athletic Turf Surfaces has worked all summer to widen the new turf field.
Russell said the field is configured to a better shape to accommodate soccer and football.
The new turf was a necessity because it was costing the district too much to upkeep.
"This one was just imperative because we were spending so much money trying to keep the regular grass football field intact," Russell said. "We had to put a new track surface in anyway."
The new track surface is around the field and will be complete after football season ends.
Also, a part of the renovation is a new scoreboard with a 12 foot by 12 foot video screen.
Russell thanks supporters for being able to do a project of this size.
"We've had so many patrons, businesses, that sponsors came in to put their logos on the football field and help us with the cost of the project," Russell said.
He looks forward to the season getting started to see school spirit rise even more.
The new football complex goes in line with the rest of the Valley View campus.
"This is really going to enhance our athletic facility," Russell said. "We did a lot of work last year on our baseball complex and brought it up. Our softball bleachers and just our complex in general down here now looks like a really really nice 5A facility."
Russell said they aren't done yet.
They have plans to add more dressing rooms for female athletes, and he hopes to build a safe room.
"It's always a concern in the spring, here in tornado alley, Jonesboro, to have a facility for fans and players alike can go and be very safe," Russell said.
Those plans are still being discussed.
Russell said the field is ready for football scrimmages this month.
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