Amid lawsuit, Zephyr ISD's football turf replacement underway


ZEPHYR, Texas - After spending a year playing home games on the road, the Zephyr High School football team will get to use its own stadium this fall.

"I can't tell you how excited the community, the staff, the players, [and] the school board is," Zephyr Independent School District Superintendent Stanton Marwitz said on Friday.

Crews with Hellas Construction, Inc. spent Friday morning tearing up the old turf at the Blaine Quirl Stadium.

In April of 2015 Zephyr ISD filed a million dollar lawsuit against GC Carter Construction Company, claiming the contractor installed faulty turf. It was originally filed in Brown County, but the school dropped it and then re-filed it in 2016 in Tarrant County, where the company is headquartered.

Marwitz said the board of trustees approved a $368,000 contract with Hellas in June. They received five bids, but chose the Austin-based company because of its reputation and the turf's quality. The company has installed turf at high schools, universities, and professional stadiums, including for the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

The company's bid also came in at less than what the school expected to spend. In April, the board set aside $481,000 for the project, which came out of its general operating fund.

Kevin Ford is the project's superintendent and he noticed the problems with the old turf.

"It was a fiber issue with the turf and how it was manufactured," Ford said.

Since Zephyr didn't play any home games at its stadium last season, they will have seven homes games and four away games in the fall, according to Marwitz.

Marwitz hopes the installation of the new synthetic turf is ready before two-a-days begin on August 7.

Zephyr's first regular season home game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. September 1 against Oakwood.

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