Exciting news from the 'Team up for Turf' project, as local car dealer Serpentini Chevrolet has secured naming rights to the new turf field at Red Rider Stadium for a period of 10 years with a generous donation toward the project.
The field itself will be named Serpentini Field in recognition of their significant donation. It's great to see a local business step up with a continued commitment to Orrville High School and OHS athletics. For each of the past 2 years, Serpentini has donated a new car to be raffled off by the OHS Booster Club and has been a supporter of several YMCA youth sports leagues as well as other community efforts.
This is the 2nd naming rights sponsorship Serpentini has secured since 2010. Back in November of 2010, Serpentini secured the stadium naming rights sponsorship of North Royalton's new Stadium.
It is my understanding that the stadium will still be called Red Rider Stadium, but the field will be referred to as Serpentini Field.
In general, the Orrville business community has been absolutely awesome in their support of this project and we should all be proud to live in a community with a business base that supports the school system. Time and time again, the business community, alumni and citizens of Orrville have come through in a big way and they've done it again.
The "Team Up for Turf" project will move forward the week of June 11th (!) with the removal of the grass sod and leveling of the field, followed by installation of new drainage and aggregate and then the installation of the synthetic turf surface and new all-weather track.
The installation of the turf field from start to finish will take several months (assuming no delays), so the decision was made to begin the project as soon as possible so the field would be ready for the first home football game September 7th against Triway.
The removal and replacement of the existing 8-lane track will be paid for with school dollars that have already been earmarked for that purpose. It was slated to be done next summer (2013) but was moved up to be done in concert with the turf project to realize a significant cost savings. The current track is well beyond it's useful life.
This next part is REALLY important...............
While the project may begin next week, the fundraising period will continue with efforts to reach out to Orrville alumni, former football players, former soccer & band members as well as the Orrville business community to raise the balance of the funds needed to complete this vision.
Please do not assume that because you see the project being started that fundraising in complete. The project is nearing 75% funded & we feel confident that the Orrville community and alumni will step up and help us reach the remaining goal.