Bibb School Board approves synthetic turf at Thompson Stadium

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County School Board voted Thursday to approve a new synthetic turf athletic field at Thompson Stadium in east Macon.

Sports Turf Co. — the same company that provided the synthetic turf field at the Ed Defore Sports Complex football field and the existing synthetic track at Thompson Stadium — will install the field.

Upgrades will be paid for through 2021 Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) funds.

Board members also received updates and a conceptual plan for other upgrades at Thompson Stadium, which will also be paid for using 2021 ESPLOST funds.

Improvements will be performed in two phases.

Phase I will include the new turf field, as well as new video scoreboards, an LED sports lighting package, expanded seating capacity (1,500 additional), about 572 new parking spaces, a new high jump , new discus and shotput, new bus parking, new ticket booth, and upgrades to the existing fieldhouse.

Phase II will include a new concessions plaza and modifications of the existing plaza, additional parking and modifications to existing lots, new entry and exit lanes and new identification signage.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He's from Alabama, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!