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Renovations of Falcon Stadium, Richard L. Coppola Field, and a new practice field maximize playability for the school and community.
Ground broke on November 8th, 2017 on Austintown Fitch’s new sports complex to feature professional quality artificial grass on the school’s football, baseball, and soccer fields. Despite climactic conditions caused by Northeast Ohio’s variable winter weather patterns, the fields were substantially completed in April 2018.
Synthetic turf was selected by the Austintown Fitch athletic department to give players an upper hand in their training by canceling fewer practices and games due to volatile weather. The three-field renovation is helping to brand Austintown Fitch as a host of choice for many district, regional, and state athletic events. Richard L. Coppola Field, the only synthetic turf baseball field in the area, now appeals to local college teams and tournaments that require extremely durable, consistent, and safe surfaces. Athletic Director Lewis VanHoose comments on how Austintown is setting the standard for baseball in Ohio, “It’s a showcase. We are trying to bring baseball to the valley- we’ve already played five games that no one else in the area could play due to poor weather conditions.”
The renovation was made possible through the collaboration of installation experts SCG Fields and synthetic turf manufacturer Act Global. SCG and Act Global’s Xtreme Turf were selected for the project due to both company’s commitment to providing superior sports surfaces that enhance playability and performance. From commencement to completion, Vanhoose has been impressed by the quality and attentiveness of both Act Global and SCG Fields.
“The experience was great we are very happy with how the fields turned out,” Vanhoose notes. “We have one of the top facilities in the state of Ohio now… that’s really impressive.”