Belle Vernon, Pa. - This season, there will be no mistaking Belle Vernon’s James Weir Stadium for any other stadium in the region, or even the country.
When the Leopards take the field Sept. 4 against Trinity, they will kick off a new regime, playing on a black-and-gold turf at their longtime stadium.
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The school decided to go with the turf after spending the past 14 seasons playing on another turf that they felt wasn’t fit to play on anymore.
To finance the $200,000 golden turf, the school district said that it didn’t have to raise taxes. Instead, they foresaw a need to upgrade their lights and scoreboard a few years ago and decided to budget for a new turf for the 2015 football season.
“This is money we saved and planned to use for a couple of years,” said Belle Vernon Area superintendent John Wilkinson.
Wilkinson says the field will not only be used for football, it will be used for community events and youth leagues as well.