Abe Martin Stadium will Receive a New Surface

The idea of placing an artificial surface at Lufkin High School's Abe Martin Stadium began two years ago.

Soon to be retired superintendent of the Lufkin I.S.D., David Sharp, has been researching and studying artificial turf companies and projects on football fields across the state during the past two years.

Sharp did not want to encounter the same problems other schools, like Longview High School, have experienced such as bubbles in the turf and other problems. These are problems which could have been avoided with thorough research and interviewing.

In an interview with Sharp on Thursday, he stated that it would cost more to maintain the current grass surface at Abe Martin Stadium opposed to a quality artificial surface.

Problems like a migrating crown and a poor drainage system are continuous issues at Abe Martin Stadium.

Sharp made a recommendation to the Lufkin I.S.D. school board Thursday night. A $1.05 million dollar bid to an Austin-based firm to install a SportsField surface at Abe Martin Stadium and a surface for a field inside a proposed multi-use facility.

The Lufkin I.S.D. school board unanimously voted in favor of the bid Thursday night.

Sharp added that this packaged deal is the "best possible" and "the best for the city of Lufkin."

In regards to funding, 7-years ago Lufkin Coca-Cola contributed $880,000 to the Lufkin I.S.D. Since then interest has accrued. This is the means of funding for the installation of this project.

In addition to the Coca-Cola contributions, ticket prices will be raised by $1.

Revenue is expected to be generated from increased post-season playoff games at Abe Martin Stadium.

The turf project is not exclusively for the Lufkin football program. The band, spirit groups, physical education classes, and other student groups will benefit from this new surface.

The new surface may be completed 120-days.