After much time and preparation, the Whitewater High School athletic field is now open for business. The opening of the field was delayed this year due to the installation of a new, artificial turf field. Following the installation of a turf field at Sandy Creek in 2016, the Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with adding turf fields at its other four stadiums in the county.

Whitewater’s varsity girls and boys soccer teams opened the field against the Heritage Generals on Tuesday, March 14th with the girls prevailing 2-1 and the boys winning 3-2. Emily Peterson was credited with scoring the first goal on the new turf.

New turf was placed on all Fayette County High School fields, largely due to the safety concerns and long-term maintenance costs associated with grass fields. With most fields being used year-round for games, competitions, and practices for football, soccer, track and field, and marching band, the school board felt it in the best interests of the students to move forward with the investment.

“There is a real safety issue there, and we’ve got to be able to do something in the short term,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow. “I know we have spent a lot of time looking at this and doing all the necessary research to make sure that we’re being very good stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars.”

The news of the new fields was largely greeted with enthusiasm at each of the five high schools in Fayette, with all schools now playing on their newly installed turf. The girls and boys teams have gotten off to a brilliant start on the new surface. Here’s to hoping for injury-free games and many more wins!