Heritage High School will officially mark the opening of its artificial turf field this evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony ahead of the Pride’s football game against Rock Ridge High School.
Members of the Leesburg Town Council, Board of Supervisors and School Board, as well as VIPs from Heritage’s 16-year history, are expected to be on hand to mark the occasion. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road in Leesburg.
Heritage is one of the last high schools in the county to get a synthetic turf field. The school opened in 2002 at a time when new schools in Loudoun were built with grass athletic fields. Starting in 2010, the county opened new schools with two artificial turf fields—one in the stadium and a practice field. Since, the School Board has adopted a schedule to fund new fields at the older high schools.
Dominion High School was also retrofitted with an artificial turf field over the summer. That leaves two remaining high schools still with grass fields—Briar Woods and Freedom high schools—which are scheduled to get new fields by August 2019.
Proponents of artificial turf fields say that they can hold up to more frequent play no matter the weather and, in the long run, save money because they require less maintenance.
In a press release announcing the artificial turf field, Heritage Principal Jeff Adam and Athletic Director JJ Totaro said the new field marks the start of a new chapter for Heritage athletics. “The field is a fantastic asset for Heritage, one that benefits our athletic teams as well as physical education, and opens up opportunities for broader use of the field facilities,” Adam said.
Totaro commended the Heritage Athletics Booster Club for involving the community to fund several improvements to athletic facilities in recent years. The successful sponsorship program helps fund equipment, weight room and other upgrades, uniforms for teams and scholarships.
“We are lucky to have such an amazing, supportive community here at Heritage that includes Booster families, fans and local businesses,” Totaro said. “The opening of this field is also a celebration of that high level of support.”