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Grass looking greener for Rancho, Valley high school football fields

New fields will be ready in June
Rancho HS football field
Posted at 12:28 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 14:12:58-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The grass will soon be looking greener on two local high school football fields.

That’s because it’s on its way to becoming brand new turf.

Rancho and Valley are 2 of 5 high schools getting new turf fields this year.

This comes after a 13 investigation.

This past September, Chief Investigator Darcy Spears exposed dangerous conditions on high school fields across the district.

Athletes were getting injured, conditions were badly deteriorating, maintenance was lacking, and concussions at Rancho were sharply rising.

The investigation exposed issues at schools with natural grass fields as well as those with aging artificial turf.

The money to fix the fields comes from bonds and re-allocated facilities money.

Also, Jeopardy James Holzhauer and the Las Vegas Raiders donated a combined $275,000 to help fix Rancho's field in the wake of our 13 investigation.

Clark was the first high school to get a new field. It was completed in early February. The fields at Rancho and Valley will be completed in June.

The Clark County School District plans to install new turf next year at Chaparral, Shadow Ridge, Foothill, Centennial and Cimarron.

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