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Turf installation starts at Mike Webster Stadium
RHINELANDER - Turf is the name of the new game at Mike Webster Stadium in Rhinelander.

"This is definitely going to be a dream come true for all of these future athletes," Paulson said.

The installation project started this week overseen by Activities Director Brian Paulson.

"This is kind of the area that needed a lot of upgrade in many different ways," Paulson said.

"To be able to install the turf they needed to dig down so they can grade it, bring in some fabric and put the rock over the top with some drainage that goes into the existing drains we've already had," Paulson said.

The funding for the new turf comes from the maintenance budget. The athletic department has been saving money for the project over the past five years.

"This whole project started years back with the track being built to someday have turf, so it's just another area going in the right direction," Paulson said.

The School Board approved the project a few weeks ago. Having a turf field means less maintenance year round and an updated drainage system. The only concerns any had was about safety.  

"As the years have come along I believe that field turf is definitely a lot safer than it was ten fifteen years ago,"Paulson said.

The new field isn't the only new amenity will see this fall. Fans and athletes will get to enjoy a brand new concession stand, restrooms and meeting room.

"All of these projects out here are only going to help benefit bringing people to our town," Paulson said.

The new turf field is one of many new additions for Rhinelander athletics, including the full size, indoor athletic dome.

"Look at the projects happening here, we have the dome we are talking about, all of the outside fields. We are just getting a lot of things done behind the scenes to present to the consultants, the engineers and the school board," Paulson said.

Many say the renovations have been a long time coming.

"This is a great thing for Rhinelander and I am so excited to be a part of it," Paulson said.

The installation of the turf is a little bit ahead of schedule.

It is expected to be finished just in time for football season at the end of August.

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