Ardmore football coach Josh Newby received a text message from assistant Mark Linney at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

In the message was a photo of the construction crew laying down the new turf field at Noble Stadium. 

Newby was impressed by what he saw. 

“I thought it was incredible,” he said. “It’s not anywhere close to being done but it’s just a good sight to see.”

This project was privately financed thanks to the help of Ardmore lawyer Glen Burns, who asked businesses and private donors this past spring to chip in and help to cover the cost for the removal of the grass field and the installation of a new synthetic turf field. 

The construction crew hired had a tight window to complete this project.

Construction began June 6 and the target date for completion is this coming Monday. 

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, eight workers were on the field sodding the new playing surface.

There is still work that needs to be done before Monday’s deadline as well as before Ardmore’s first high school football scrimmage against Chickasha, scheduled for Aug. 25 at Noble Stadium. 

Painting is one task that is on the list of items to be completed. 

The school logo needs to be painted at midfield. 

So do the end zones with the words “Ardmore” and “Tigers” to be painted, respectively, in the north and south end zones.

Burns said the installation of the turf is a “one-project deal” as it is is being constructed simultaneously with a new track — funded through a bond proposal through Ardmore Public Schools.

Newby has been pleased by the amount of progress that has been made.

“It does make you feel good because you can stay on schedule with all of the things that you wanted to do,” he said. “It’s really good that the company is on the ball.”

Ardmore players got their first glimpse of the new turf field Wednesday night and returned to see it again Thursday just before practice started.

“Before practice, I had to get them out to the other practice field because they wanted to look at the new game field,” Newby said. “They’re excited.”

Ardmore senior wide receiver and defensive back Dyontre Dixon gave the new field a thumbs up.

“I like it,” he said.