Steven Collins hopes the grass becomes greener on the other side at Cardinal Stadium.
The George Rogers Clark football coach recently received a grant for $700,000 from the Community Sports Development Council to install an artificial playing surface, replacing the current hybrid bermuda surface at the field. In order to complete the project, the additional costs of the renovation, estimated at approximately $300,000, would need to be secured through additional funds raised or supplied by the school district, the community and cooperate and private businesses. The total cost for the project is approximately $1.2 million.
Collins applied for the grant last winter in an effort to upgrade the playing surface at Cardinal Stadium.
“I didn’t really know what was going to happen with our facilities and this is totally a God-thing,” he said. “I took a picture of our facility and facilities around us and showed them. They came and looked at our field and they’re a company that helps 10 to 12 institutions a year and they chose us. The $700,000 pays a lot of the up front costs to getting things done. It’s their way of giving back (to communities).”