PITTSBURG -- The Pirates football stadium at Pittsburg High School has a new field as part of a school improvement project that will also provide the school with its own baseball field.
"It looks beautiful. It really turned out nice. The big pirate's head in the middle of the field looks outstanding," said Mike Adras, coordinator of athletics for the Pittsburg Unified School District of the new synthetic field for football and soccer games that replaced the old synthetic field.
"Pittsburg High School has a very long tradition of athletics and it's really nice to be able provide for our students and future students," he added.
The old field was about 15 years old and it was time for it to be replaced, Adras said.
The work also widened the seven-lane track into an eight-lane track. Previously, only a part of the track used for sprint races had eight lanes. New electronic timing equipment for races was also installed. That will make it possible for the high school to host major high-school track meets that require accurate timing of race results.
"It's a big thing for the track program as well as the football and soccer teams," Adras said.
Finishing touches on the track should be completed in October, but the work on the football field was done in time for the first varsity home game played Sept. 27 against Granite Bay High School.
The football and soccer field and track renovation work cost about $2.5 million. The new baseball field is a $3.5 million project that also uses synthetic turf. It is being built on the North Campus, which is used for offices and is located across the street from the high school. The baseball field is expected to be completed by December.
"There was no baseball field. We've been playing baseball at City Park," said Adras. "And now we will have our own facility for our baseball program."
Both projects were paid for by Measure L, a school bond measure approved by voters in 2010, said Enrique Palacios, the district's associate superintendent for business services.
"It's a great asset for the community and for the school," he said. "It's something a lot of people have been waiting for."
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