Red Field Installed

August 8, 2018

Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis., is in the process of installing an artificial turf field with red turf. According to madison.com, the artificial turf field is part of a $1.5 million project for an outdoor athletic complex, paid for by a $1.025 million gift from the Goodman Foundation, as well as other donors.

Mike Elliott, Edgewood's school president, as well as an alumnus, recalled laying sod on the field during his sophomore year, and said he was glad that he would have a new field in his “sophomore year of serving as president.”

“It’s been a goal and a dream for a lot of students and alumni to put together something that was more representative of Edgewood than what we had out there,” said Elliott, a 1977 Edgewood graduate. “When I became president, it was one of the things I wanted to focus on.”

Chris Zwettler, Athletic Director of Edgewood High School, said the school started the project on June 15 and hopes to finish the turf portion by next week.

The new facility, the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Athletic Complex, will feature high-quality artificial turf for outdoor sports, as well as a running surface for track and field.

“This is a game-changer for Edgewood and the Madison community,” Elliott said. “Our students will benefit greatly, with the best possible conditions to train and compete on. It will allow us to hold many more of our practices on campus. In addition, neighbors and members of all ages in Madison will benefit because of our commitment to the community and our central location.”

Elliott said he believed the new facility would help serve his school's goals.

“Our goal is to eventually have the best facility in the city with regard to the school and athletics and drama and everything,” Elliott said. “So this is a great step in the right direction, and one that is very visible.”

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