Trinity finishes turf and lighting replacement at Hiller Field
10 July 2017
Trinity High School recently finished installing new synthetic turf and lights at Hiller Field. Athletic director Ricci Rich said the cost of the turf “was lower than” the projected $811,661.
Rich said the Trinity community is excited for the renovations. “We want to make sure we have the best surface for all of our athletes so we’re just excited that that’s completed,” he said.
The new Vertex Prime turf installed by FieldTurf should last 10 to 12 years, Rich said. The design features Trinity’s logo at the 50-yard line and royal blue turf in the end zones.
“We added a little bit more color just to mix it up and add a little bit more identity to it,” Rich said. “It looks fantastic. The colors really look good.”
The previous turf was in place for nine years, and Rich said the field was in need of a new surface.
“It was due for a replacement,” he said. “We were starting to have some issues with the seams coming apart and just the wear and tear on the turf.”
The replacement process began around Memorial Day and ended in the second week of June, Rich said.
“Our goal was to have everything done so our teams could train throughout the summer and, obviously, so all of our athletic teams could get on in the fall with no interruptions to their seasons,” Rich said.
For the new stadium lights, Trinity hired Musco Lighting to install LED lighting at Hiller Field, which is used for football, soccer, lacrosse and many other Trinity school district activities. Rich said the previous lights originally were installed in 1993.
“(The new lighting) obviously is a lot more energy efficient,” Rich said. “You don’t get as much residual light in those outside areas so it could be cost effective, and I believe we are the first LED system on this side of Pennsylvania that they installed.”
Rich said the goal posts, soccer goals and fencing also were repaired or replaced. While several teams will use the field this summer, the Trinity football team will debut on its improved field Friday, Sept. 15.