GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - After two years of fundraising, Green Bay East High School's football team will kick off on their new turf field Friday night.
Football players warm up on the new synthetic turf at City Stadium at East High School on August 18, 2017 (WBAY photo)
This is the first week of the high school football season, but this night has been a long time coming for players, coaches and the administration.
The football field is now a synthetic turf, which we're told will help the athletes compare on a more level playing field with schools that have similar field surfaces.
Get it wasn't easy. It took several years of fundraising and a $200,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation to make the transition from grass to synthetic turf possible.
The Packers helped because this field used to be City Stadium, home to the Green Bay Packers from the 1920's until the 1950's.
"We tried to keep that historic piece by putting a logo with a leather helmet and home of the Packers on it, to keep the history alive," said Tim Flood, Administrator for District Co-Curricular Programming. "We tried to get the field to look like 1950. We have plain hash marks in the end zone and a leather helmet as a local homage to Packers in the middle of the field."
"I am thankful the Packers did some of this for the team," said Wayne Kinjerski, father of East High School's quarterback. "It's a good thing, all the way, win for everybody."
It was a hefty goal, but one that was reached with a lot of help within the community.
The school district is continuing to raise money for synthetic turf at Preble High School and to pay the remaining cost of Southwest High School's field.