Community helps bring new high school football field to Florence

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 12:01:36-04

FLORENCE – High school football teams have already strapped on the pads and have been hitting the practice field as football season starts in just over a month.

One local team is successful every year, but this time it will be on a whole new field!

The Florence Falcons play on an all-natural grass field, meaning lots of times by the end of the season the field is pretty torn up.

The original grass dated back to the 1980s and the field had never been aerated but thanks to a ton of help from the community, the Falcons have an entirely new playing surface as the old grass was torn up and new sod was laid down.

Not only did the community help pay for the field, but lay the new grass down as well.

“From the players wanting to come down and invest in the future of this program, to moms and dads, to grandparents, to friends that came down with players that wanted to see this whole thing shape up,” football coach Pat Duchien said.

Softball started the run over there on their field and it’s just slowly…we’re going to all come together and put the pieces together to make this a good athletic complex down here,” he added.

The old grass was also placed east of the stadium and will be used as a practice surface. The first varsity game played on the new field will be on Sept. 20 against Bigfork.

-JackGinsburg reporting for MTN News