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Tennessee high school to install Shaw field, renovate stadium

April 9, 2014  - By

Gary Rankin, Alcoa’s head football coach; Josh Stephens, Alcoa’s athletic director; and Jimmy Marshall, Shaw Sports Turf territory manager, stand at the construction site.

Construction is underway at Alcoa High School to install a Shaw Sports Turf field. The project on the Knoxville, Tenn. school also includes several renovations to the existing stadium complex.

“Football is an important part of this community,” said Alcoa’s football coach, Gary Rankin. “Our biggest challenge is being landlocked and not having room for additional field facilities. Adding the Shaw Sports Turf field will give our kids a place to practice, regardless of weather.”

Alcoa is installing Shaw Sports Turf’s Legion system, which is a combination of monofilament fibers and a slit film fiber. The slit film fiber will handle the workload, while the slit film provides a more resilient surface.

“This is something the kids deserve,” said Josh Stephens, athletic director at the school.

Alcoa will open the season on the new Shaw Sports Turf field on Thursday, Aug. 21 against Smith County.

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