Restrictions for Tucson High Magnet School graduation on new turf

Updated: May. 17, 2019 at 6:17 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - When Tucson High Magnet School holds its graduation on Thursday, May 23, it will be the first time the district has used the new football field for the ceremonies.

There will be strict rules because the district paid a half million dollars for the artificial turf field and has a $250,000 warranty.

Any damage done to the field, voids the warranty. So the school is taking extra precautions to make sure it is not damaged.

First of all, it will be covered using the same plastic coating the University of Arizona uses for its commencement exercises and to avoid a potential slip up, other rules are in place as well.

No stiletto heels can be worn because it can puncture the thin covering over the field and damage the plastic layer and a shock absorbing pad underneath.

"If it starts to break here, it just continues to break," said Assistant Principal, Roberto Thompson point to a corner of the pad. "You'll get a tear in the seam and it just keeps getting bigger."

The stiletto heels can puncture causing a ripple effect.

"If it punctures through, these diagonals will start coming apart like a zipper," said Athletic Director Bobby DeBerry.

And because there's a layer underneath, it can't be seen with the naked eye and won't be known until it's too late.

The pad acts like a shock absorber but if damaged... “If you hit your head on that you’ll get a concussion,” DeBerry said.

So the no stilettos protects not only the field but the student athletes as well.

Also, nothing sticky like soft drinks, food or silly string will be allowed.

Silly string presents a unique problem.

“Because of how it is designed, if you get heat in there, it actually adheres to it,” said Thompson. “You can never get it out.”

Parents will not be allowed on the field either. Following the ceremonies, the students will march to the practice field next door for pictures, hugs and congratulations.

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