The St. Edward Central Catholic High School football team in Elgin, Ill., was forced to relinquish its home-field advantage Sept. 18 after a chemical mix-up destroyed its field, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The lawn care company responsible for maintaining Greg True Field, St. Edward’s home field, accidentally applied weed killer instead of fertilizer on Sept. 4. The mishap killed two-thirds of the field’s grass.
The company at fault wasn’t named in the Tribune’s report.
“It was an honest mistake made in the mixing of chemicals for the field and they feel terrible about it,” Athletic Director P.J. White told theTribune. “Someone grabbed the wrong bottle when they were mixing chemicals. They’ve been putting top dressing on the field and have been doing what they can to try to get some type of growth.”
Instead of a home game, the St. Edward football team will travel to Plunkett Athletic Complex, which has artificial turf, to face IC Catholic of Elmhurst, Ill., at its home stadium.
One game was played at Greg True Field since the incident, and the St. Edward’s Athletic Department will re-evaluate the field before deciding where the three remaining home games will be played.
Needless to say, White told the Tribune St. Edward would look into resurfacing the playing field after this season.
A similar misapplication incident killed 75 percent of the grass at the University of Findlay in May of 2014.