The Spanish Fort City Council hosted a public hearing May 19 on a proposal to spend approximately $769,000 to install artificial turf at the Spanish Fort High School football stadium, an expenditure the council is expected to consider in June. The turf is estimated to last 10 to 15 years, and replacing it would cost an estimated $350,000.
Spanish Fort High School athletic director and head football coach Ben Blackmon admitted the turf would be a big expense up front, but suggested it would save the city money in the future. He said approximately $128,000 has been spent in the last year on expenses related to the football stadium grass. He said an additional $43,000 was spent to repair grass at the high school’s baseball stadium after football teams used it for practice when the football stadium was occupied.