The project to install artificial turf at Naranche Stadium got a financial shot in the arm Wednesday, as the Butte Athletic Council announced it would help fund the effort to the tune of $75,000.
“We put it to a vote and the BAC will provide the additional funding on top of what has already been approved,” said council president Marc Lee. “This is similar to what we did for the (Charlie Merrifield) track. We put in $70,000 to make sure the job got done and got done right.”
Butte School Board Trustee Scott Ferguson lauded the BAC’s move.
“That’s a group of guys who have shown time and time again that they want to give the best to Butte kids,” Ferguson said.
The BAC – basically Butte High’s athletic booster club – collects money through yearly member dues and fundraisers such as the barbecue at the Purple and White scrimmages each fall. Other projects funded by the group include the Butte High weight rooms, which have gone from a single room to a state-of-the art facility.
“It’s always nice to get a donation like this,” said Butte High Activities Director Chuck Merrifield, who added that other donors may step forward. “This is a good project that will help make Naranche a multi-use facility.”
The Butte School Board approved $700,000 for the artificial turf project, which is still awaiting an engineering report regarding the storm water drainage of the field. The timing of the project – whether construction begins this or next summer – currently hinges on the report, which is due by the end of the week.