Middleton's new turf field completed

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By: 
Rob Reischel
There’s a new turf field at Middleton High School that came at no cost to the taxpayers./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Bob Joers had taken enough ribbing.

For 11 years, Middleton’s athletic director received plenty of compliments about the turf field at Otto Breitenbach Stadium. But Joers always heard the same complaint from the Middleton faithful.

“We’ve heard for a long time that the red (on the field) is Sun Prairie red,” Joers said.

Not anymore.

Middleton recently had a new turf field installed — and the red is definitely “Middleton red.”

Sun Prairie’s red is lighter and brighter than Middleton’s. After studying several samples, Joers picked a red that was darker and far more representative of Middleton’s true colors.

“When we were looking, we had samples and I was like, ‘I don’t think it’s any different,’ ” Joers said. “It looked different in the sample, looks a little darker, but we weren’t sure. But turns out, it’s definitely a little darker.”

Middleton football coach Tim Simon agreed.

“We had a couple of college kids stop by and they said, ‘That’s a darker red isn’t it?’ ” Simon said. “And I said, ‘Yeah!’ I think it looks really good.”

It sure does.

The design is simplistic in nature, which adds to its charm.

There’s a Cardinal in the middle of the field with a yellow beak. Middleton is spelled out in white lettering in each endzone. And aside from the football yard markings, the only other lines on the field are for lacrosse — which will also use the field.

“I’m really happy,” Joers said. “I think it looks really nice.”

Not only is the field aesthetically pleasing, it was remarkably economical.

The cost of the turf was $550,000. But the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District received compensation from a lawsuit after the blades in the old turf began to split too soon.

Middleton also rents out the field — which becomes an extremely popular place when inclement weather strikes — and puts that money in a “rainy day fund.”

Between the lawsuit and the surplus Middleton had in its "rainy day fund," the taxpayers didn’t have to pay a cent for the new field.

“This was no cost to the taxpayers,” Simon said. “That’s huge.”

The company FieldTurf began the project began on June 4 and guaranteed completion within 35 days. With a six-man crew including a foreman, the field was done on July 3 — well ahead of schedule.

In addition to football and lacrosse, gym classes will use the field. The soccer teams — which both play at Firefighter’s Memorial Park — will also use the field when theirs is unplayable.

First and foremost, though, this is a football field. And everyone associated with the Cardinals’ program was thrilled with the finished product.

“It’s great. It really is,” Joers said. “And I told these (football) guys, we’ve got new uniforms, new turf. Now we’ve got no excuses.”

 

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