The Neosho High School football field is sporting a brand new look - artificial turf. The project was approved by the Neosho Board of Education earlier this year and the approximately $900,000 price tag was paid by donors. Freeman Health System is the field donor but there were also numerous sideline donors as well. The turf is 100 yards between the goal lines, 160 yards wide and 120 yards in overall length.
Neosho is the final school in the Central Ozark Conference to put down turf. The project, except for the surrounding track, is now complete and that should be ready prior to the first day of school on Monday, August 24.
The Neosho Football Wildcats open their season against the Republic Tigers on Friday, August 28. The match-up should be interesting since it will pit the Wildcats under veteran coach Leon Miller against former Neosho Head Coach Dustin Baldwin, who now coaches Republic. Miller took Baldwin's former spot four years ago.
In addition to the new turf, maintenance crews have spruced up Bob Anderson Stadium with some cleaning, a few repairs and painting.
Thanks to the school levy passed by voters in June, other major improvements are on the way for 'The Bob' including new restrooms, new concessions, and a new indoor athletic facility which will be built on the site of the current Wildcat baseball field at the north end of the stadium. The baseball field will be relocated to the Neosho Junior High sports complex.