Bishop Stadium will look a little different this fall when the Indians take to the football field, thanks to the new AstroTurf that was put into place this past week.
The turf, which replaces the original grass field, was expected to cost a little more than $804,000. The project was initially funded through a five-year $750,000 lease-purchase agreement USD 383 has with Commerce Bank. The school district is contributing $200,000 over five years, or $40,000 a year. The Manhattan High School Booster Club found donors to help fund the remaining portion, including four major donors that will each get a logo for their donations.
Manhattan Surgical Hospital — $200,000 over five years — and Dick Edwards Automotive — $250,000 over 10 years — will have logos on the field. Steel and Pipe Supply — $100,000 over five years — and Tindall Orthodontics — $50,000 over seven years — will have logos on the south apron of the turf.
The site work, which was done by Bayer Construction of Manhattan, began in late May and the turf was laid down this past week.
Bishop’s new playing surface is AstroTurf 3D — the same kind of turf used on the football and baseball fields at Kansas State. It was the last Class 6A football stadium to have its original grass field replaced with an artifical playing surface.
The Indians’ home opener will be Sept. 15 against Emporia.