The new turf grass field at Stephenville Junior High School is nearing completion, according to Regi Brackin, director of maintenance and operations for the Stephenville Independent School District.

Brackin said the parking lot should be finished by the end of the week. Lighting has been installed, the scoreboard is up and functional, the field is striped, and the only thing missing is seating for the fans. The new bleachers should be installed during the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve had some setbacks because of the weather,” Brackin said. “The rye grass didn’t do very well because of the dry conditions. It’s not like we would have wanted, but it’s doing as well as can be expected. We’re actually ready to play on it, we just need seating.”

Brackin said the first soccer game played on the new field should take place sometime mid-February. Until then, all games are being played at the Stephenville Soccer Complex.

Brackin said the next phase of the project is scheduled to begin in early spring, possibly April, with the construction of the ticket booth, restrooms and concession stand.

He said SISD’s next major project will be the construction of a new track at the high school.

“The track we have now has become brittle and hard,” Brackin said. “It’s 14 years old and the average track lasts eight to 10 years.”

A company out of Nebraska, A-1 Track and Tennis, was recently awarded the bid in the amount of $119,468 on the construction scheduled to begin May 1.

The project will take 60 to 90 days to complete depending on how the weather factors in.

“The track will be brand new from the base up with new asphalt and track surface,” Brackin said.