Antioch getting new football field, track for 2015-2016 school year April 29 2015
Work is in full swing and in slightly more than three months, Antioch is going to open its 2015 home football season with a Week 2 game against Moline.
What the Sequoit fans will see that night — besides what should be a very good football team led by star running back Griffin Hill — is a new artificial turf football field, surrounded by a new eight-lane track.
What those fans see right now — huge piles of dirt — is the reason that the Lakes athletic complex, four miles to the southeast, is home away from home this spring for Antioch's girls soccer team and its boys and girls track teams.
Nevertheless, construction is well under way at Antioch's football field, and athletic director Steve Schoenfelder said the project "is right on schedule," which means the football home opener will indeed be played at home.
Those fans at the Moline game also will notice that they aren't sitting in the same location as they have been for so many years. To accommodate the bigger track — eight lanes instead of six — the bleachers will be moved somewhat west and north.
Schoenfelder explained that the school district stayed in touch with state officials on the new design of the football stadium because it's always possible that somewhere down the line, the state might decide to expand Route 173, which runs east/west directly south of the football field. In other words, a long extra point kick in one direction could, in theory, sail onto the highway.
But field logistics aside, Schoenfelder feels this improvement is a win-win for the school.
"In the long run, this is going to save money," he said.