Milan to hit gridiron on new field

The Milan Wildcats will be hitting the gridiron this fall on a brand new field

After five years of planning, the Milan High School football field nicknamed the â??pitâ?? will no longer stand true to the name.

The Wildcats will be hitting the gridiron this fall on a brand new field. Hubbard Field will keep its name, after Cal Hubbard who is in the NFL and MLB Hall of Fame.

"It's a gradual process and you know money doesn't grow on trees, but we have enough to get some things together and kind of take steps toward getting to eventually where we want to be," said John Dabney, Milan Head Football Coach.

Crews have completed the initial project of replacing bleachers and are on the second phase of squaring the field, adding an underground irrigation system and re-sodding. The new sod is scheduled to be on the football field by June 1.

The field has transformed over the past few weeks as weather permitted. The renovations are expected to draw larger crowds, so the school also took out dozens of trees between the track and parking lot to make room for more than 100 new spots.

New lighting will be added in June followed by an all-weather track. The current lights will be taken over to the baseball and softball fields.

Dabney added, "Just trying to improve things for the future of the kids and the people who have already been through school, just something to really be proud of when we come about your facility. Or the kids of the future to have a track."

An eight-lane track is scheduled to be completed in August or September.

Superintendent Kim Johnson says the entire project has been funded by the school district's capital improvement fund.