TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson High Badgers will take on Pueblo High School on Friday night, Aug. 24, on the school's brand-new turf.
Work to repair Gridley Stadium is complete following damage from monsoon storms last year, making the field unusable.
Crews finished heavy work over the weekend and spent the week focusing on touch-ups, like painting the scoreboard.
The football team took to the field Wednesday, Aug. 22, for its first practice on the new turf.
"The kids were ecstatic. They came running out like it was Christmas morning," Coach Justin Argraves said.
The Badgers were forced to play their home games at Kino Stadium all of last year, so Argraves said getting the field back is exciting.
"It was difficult. We just didn't have that home-field advantage that we normally would get. Even though Kino was a great place it wasn't Gridley Stadium, so we'll be pretty stoked to get back out here," he said.
The school will celebrate the new stadium during a ribbon-cutting ceremony before Friday's game.
"First home game playing Pueblo being on a new field. I think they're going to be pretty excited when the kids take the field," Argraves said.
The game begins at 7 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m.