Ithaca to get new grass pitch – The Morning Sun

Dig it.

This is what happens in Ithaca.

Earlier this week, construction began on the Ithaca High School football field, as a new turf pitch will be installed over the next two months.

Over the past decade there had been rumors that Ithaca might make the switch, but those rumors were just that so far.

An anonymous private donor funds the entire project.

As a venue, the Ithaca Football Stadium was and still is one of the best in the state. In the past 10 years alone, the stadium has undergone numerous upgrades ranging from seat seating to athletics updates to the massive video scoreboard. It’s already a gem of a stadium and now it will be even more than that.

“This is an absolutely incredible opportunity for our community,” said Ithaca athletic director Terry Hessbrook. “It’s something we’ve wanted for a long time.”

Maumee Bay Turf of Ohio is installing the new sod field and its drainage system and the plan is to complete the project in 45 days.

As for what the new field means for Ithaca, well, it means a lot.

Considering the stadium is home to two football teams, two football teams, two athletics teams and numerous youth football teams, the pitch itself was chewed up and downright messy every fall. In October it would be a muddy mess after a good rain. Many times over the years, the Ithaca football team had to change venues for playoff games because their field was in poor condition.

Not anymore.

Also, now that they have a grass field, Ithaca could also host an MHSAA football semi-final.

In short, it’s a win-win for Ithaca going forward.

“We are extremely grateful,” added Hessbrook.

Denise W. Whigham