CCSD: Football fields in Las Vegas going all turf

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Basic’s Dorian Ivan McAllister (7) looks to the ball he fumbled on a kick return as Liberty’s Cameron Valley (31) moves in for the recovery during the Sunrise regional high school football championship game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

Wed, Jul 15, 2020 (7:42 p.m.)

All of the Las Vegas area’s high school football fields will be converted from natural grass to turf by April, the Clark County School District announced Wednesday.

The $45 million project is funded through Government Service Tax revenue dedicated for capital projects, the district said. Other monies will come from the Capital Replacement Fund, it said.

In total, 29 schools will get turf. Construction begins Aug. 3 at some of the schools.

Many fields throughout town were in poor condition from wear and tear, with games in late fall typically played on wild grass — or even dirt. The conditions were similar for girls flag football in the winter.

“Athletics are an important part of keeping students engaged in academics and improving their overall health,” Superintendent Jesus Jara said in a statement. “Our team has done a tremendous job of ensuring a better experience for all student-athletes throughout CCSD. This long-term investment in our schools will provide our student-athletes with high-quality turf that will give more students greater access.”

Arbor View, Boulder City, Clark, Rancho and Valley already have turf fields, all of which were upgraded in recent months.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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