Milford High School’s varsity football team will play its first home football game at Eagle Stadium against the Edgewood Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 6, on a brand-new turf field. The field has been funded entirely through the Milford Athletic Boosters Club and community partners, including Mike Castrucci Automotive.
The cost of the project was $650,000, and all funds came from the private sector and a loan secured by the Athletic Boosters through National Bank and Trust. Dr. Frank Noyes, CEO/Medical Director of Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, has also been instrumental in assisting with the turf project.
The kickoff of the game will be at 7:30 p.m. and a recognition ceremony will be held at halftime to honor the Boosters and partners who made this dream a reality. The new turf field is the largest privately-funded project in Milford Exempted Village School District history.
The new surface is designed for football, soccer, and lacrosse and can support other activities such as marching band competitions, concerts and other community events. Rental fees for the field will be placed in a fund for the eventual replacement of the turf. The turf field is guaranteed to last 8 years and predicted to last as many as 12 years.
“The Milford Athletic Boosters are excited to see the completion of the Eagle Stadium synthetic playing surface. This privately-funded project provides Milford student-athletes, marching band, club sports and the Milford community with a premiere sports and special events venue. It will also be a source of community pride,” shared Milford Athletic Booster President, Dave Meranda.
The Milford Athletic Boosters Club is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the efforts of the athletic teams at Milford High School and to create a positive environment for both the athletes and their fans. Over the last 14 years, the MABC organization has purchased and donated $1.5 million in permanent structures, equipment, transportation and uniforms to the Milford Exempted Village School District. The organization recently provided $425,500 to construct five on-campus tennis courts, new seating, ticket booth, and perimeter fencing for the Charity Lucas Soccer Facility, and contributed to the total cost for the upgrades to the baseball and softball complex.
Milford is also partnering with Mercy Health to promote the health and wellness of Milford’s student-athletes through expanded access to its award-winning comprehensive healthcare and wellness services, including specialist physicians, a certified athletic trainer and the latest procedures and technology. Mercy Health is working together with Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center to fulfill this partnership.
“We continue to be grateful to the Boosters and our community partners for their incredible generosity and ongoing support for our district and Milford’s student athletes,” said Milford Superintendent, Dr. Robert Farrell. “The turf field not only will be a source of pride for our community, but will allow us to host a variety of musical and athletic events.”
Maumee Bay Turf Center of Oregon,Ohio installed the UBU Sports’ Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system, which is identical to the surfaces installed at the Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium and the University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium.