By Austin Stanley, For the Williamson Herald
This Friday, Aug. 30, the Brentwood Academy Eagles will make their debut on their new field turf facility.
The track, field and surrounding stadium has undergone renovations during the summer and the field is now ready for play. Brentwood Academy (BA) played in Vanderbilt Stadium last week in their “home” opening win vs. Memphis University School.
The artificial Field Turf that was installed this summer is called Cool Play turf. Cool Play is designed to be 30 degrees cooler than other turf surfaces. It is used across the country in college and NFL stadiums.
This turf is easier to maintain, allowing for more year round use of the field.
“All of our teams can use it,” BA Athletic Director and Football Coach Cody White said. “We aren’t worried about mud games tearing it up, and it not being good for games later in the season. So, it’s a huge advantage.”
As for White’s team, they are very excited that they are about to play at home on the new field after opening the season at Vanderbilt.
“We’re real excited just because we get to be at home and don’t have to use someone else’s stadium as a home field,” White said. “Our next home game after this is October 11, so it’s going to be a long time (before fans get a chance to see the field). Our kids are excited about it. It’s nice to be able to come out of your own locker room and there’s some comfort in that. It’s going to be nice.There will be a lot of people here and it will be fun.”
Playing in a stadium like Vanderbilt Stadium is something that not many high school athletes get to experience. And a win over a top program from West Tennessee topped it off.
“The kids love to get into those kind of venues,” White said. “Vanderbilt was real gracious to us to allow us to use it and made it an easy deal for us to do. I think it was neat for both teams to have a chance to do that and in a college field. There’s not a lot of people that have a chance to play in a SEC stadium.”
Along with new field turf, the stadium has a new scoreboard and sound system, as well as renovations to the concession stands and bathrooms. Even the landscaping, including fresh sod surrounding the complex, has a new look for the debut. The track, however, is not completed. School officials request that fans keep all food and beverages in the stands to protect the work underway on the track.
Posted on: 8/28/2013