Stone Bridge High School’s stadium will now bear the name F.H. Furr Field, following a $250,000 donation from the Manassas-based company, F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc.
The donation was made to the Ashburn high school’s Athletic Boosters Club to help pay off its $250,000 loan made for an artificial turf field.
It seems Furr’s owner, Floyd Furr, is a huge sports fan. The company’s commercials show film of his days on the football field that earned him the nickname Floyd Fleet-Footed Furr.
Stone Bridge Athletic Director Dave Hembach said the donation helps all of the high school’s students because gym classes and several sports teams use the field. “Plus, it frees up the booster club to support other sports with the money they raise.”
The Loudoun County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to name the stadium after the company for 10 years, a request of the booster club.
“This is a small thing we can do to honor the fantastic contribution that’s made by F.H. Furr,” Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) said. It is also a chance to help out a booster club that stepped up to help pay for its own turf stadium, the only booster club in Loudoun County that did so, Hornberger said.
Stone Bridge opened in Ashburn in 2000, 10 years before Loudoun County made artificial turf standard for all new high schools. For several years, the high school’s parents, students and staff held ongoing fundraisers to bring in enough cash for a new field. In addition to money raised, Loudoun County Public Schools kicked in about $750,000 for Stone Bridge’s field in 2014, which was enough to leverage a loan.
F.H. Furr’s donation was not enough to completely pay off the loan, because of interest mounting over 10 years. But, Hornberger said, “it will go a long way.”
School Board member Joy Maloney (Broad Run) thanked F.H. Furr and the Washington Redskins, which gave $200,000 toward a synthetic turf field at Park View High School in Sterling. “If any other companies want to donate, I would encourage that,” she said with a smile.
Eleven of the county’s 15 high schools are outfitted with synthetic turf fields. The remaining four are scheduled to get new fields over the next several years. The School Board’s current Capital Improvement Program calls for artificial turf fields to be installed at Briar Woods in 2022-23, and Dominion, Freedom, and Heritage in 2023-24.