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The new Jay Stadium in Merrill prepares for the home opener Friday nightSubmitted: 08/26/2016
MERRILL - The new Jay Stadium at Merrill High School has players pumped up for their home opener.

"They're very excited. They got to practice on it the past two nights," said Activities Director Rick Bonnell.

The stadium is exciting for the team, but also for the school. Now they can play soccer on the field as well.

"We want to get as much use out of it as possible so whatever we can put here, we're going to put here," said Bonnell.

One of the only things that is not new at the stadium is the track, but that will get a facelift next month.

"Right now the track is going to be resurfaced September 6th through the tenth and relined and everything. The reason why we didn't go down to the cement was because a track is allowed so many times of resurfacing before it needs to be totally ripped down and we have two more resurfacings on this track before we have to go back down to the base," said Bonnell.

One of the perks to having turf is that when the weather changes come winter time, they can still host the playoffs.

"We're always going to have a great surface to play on so we can bring other teams in here for tournament games and we that really brings a lot of people to the community, brings other teams here and really gives us a chance to showcase what we have here," said Bonnell.

With the old stadium, the field was uneven and had divots which could cause injury, but now with this flat turf, it's safer for the players.

"I have two sons that play and they came home from practice and said they feel so much faster on it. They weren't worried about the divots and the holes in the old field. I think they felt more comfortable on it which was exciting," said Bonnell.




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