EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated from its original form to include a quote from FWCS’ Krista Stockman.
Fort Wayne prep football fans have something to celebrate this Christmas season.
Outside the Huddle has learned that Fort Wayne Community Schools plans to install artificial turf at Spuller Stadium on the campus of Northrop High School in time for the 2019 football season.
According to sources, the turf is expected to be finished by next August.
It is uncertain at this time how the turf is being financed. Outside the Huddle has reached out to FWCS Public Information Officer Krista Stockman for details. Her response was this: “we are exploring it at this point. If we move forward, it would need to be approved by the school board in the spring.”
A public notice available online states that Fort Wayne Community Schools “is submitting a Notice of Intent to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management of our intent to comply with the requirements … to discharge storm water from construction activities associated with the Northrop High School Artificial Turf Field.”
The public notice makes no reference to a timeline or any other construction or renovation at Spuller Stadium.
FWCS has been the target of frustration from fans and media members for years on the lack of suitable playing facilities and surfaces for its athletics programs. Football has been at the center of attention considering its popularity as well as the upgrading to turf at many schools around northeast Indiana. East Allen County Schools became the latest local district to install turf, with its four high schools recently concluding its first fall sports season with turf on its football fields.
It is uncertain at this time whether Spuller Stadium – which hosts both Northrop and Snider home football games – will be the lone FWCS football field that will have turf, or if South Side, North Side and Wayne could also see upgrades to its playing fields in the near future.