Fort Myers High School to Install Synthetic Turf at Edison Stadium

Fort Myers High School to Install Synthetic Turf at Edison Stadium
Posted on 04/19/2022
Fort Myers High School to Install Synthetic Turf at Edison Stadium

The School District of Lee County is excited to announce a $250,000 grant by the Miami Dolphins through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program will support the installation of a new synthetic turf field at Fort Myers High School’s Edison Stadium. The new field is expected to serve more than 4,000 students and community participants annually.

“We are grateful to the Miami Dolphins and the NFL for the grant to install synthetic turf on Sam Sirianni Field,” says Fort Myers High School Principal Dr. Robert Butz. “The current condition of the field means we can only use it for games, forcing our athletic teams, marching band, JROTC and other groups to find alternative space for their practices or daily activities. We look forward to relieving this burden and offering our students a first-class facility.”

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program – a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization – has supported the construction or renovation of 416 football fields nationwide since 1998. During that time, the NFL Foundation has granted nearly $58 million to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

“We are excited to collaborate with the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program and LISC to provide Fort Myers High School with necessary funding to assist and support the school's athletic campus,” said Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Community Relations & Youth Programs RaShauna Hamilton. “It is important to the Miami Dolphins that student-athletes have safe places to play and we look forward to this grant encouraging those efforts.”

Installation of the new turf is expected to start at the end of the fall football season in December and be completed in March 2023. The grant supporting the new turf is part of $6 million in field refurbishments The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program will support this year.

“Outdoor recreation, and the health benefits that come with it, is in high demand throughout the country,” says Beverly Smith, LISC’s Vice President of Sports & Recreation. “This Fort Myers field, like all of those that the Grassroots Program has established over the years, will provide opportunities for young people to compete in a safe, healthy, structured environment.”