Crews from the Vasco Construction Co. are moving the dirt at Davis Stadium on the Oak Hill High School campus to prepare it for rolling and later the replacement of the artificial turf and track surfaces. (Telegram Photos by Red Thompson, Jr.)
Crews from the Vasco Construction Co. are moving the dirt at Davis Stadium on the Oak Hill High School campus to prepare it for rolling and later the replacement of the artificial turf and track surfaces. (Telegram Photos by Red Thompson, Jr.)

A major construction project is underway at Davis Stadium on the Oak Hill High School (OHHS) campus to replace the artificial turf and track surface. Currently, it’s anticipated the facility will be closed to the public until Friday, August 20.

Oak Hill High School Athletic Director Scott Lewis provided an update to The Telegram on where the project stands and noted some adjustments which have been made due to the construction project.

Lewis says the project got started a little later than expected due to factors related to COVID-19. Even though, he says, the public health orders were lifted, it was difficult to get materials in a timely manner. The project is being done by the Massillon-based Vasco Construction Co., which operates in six states. Lewis says the project is moving along well at this point.

“The old turf, after a 15-year stint, is off the field and the rubberized surface is off the track,” Lewis reported.

It is the first time the turf or track has been replaced since Davis Stadium opened in 2006.  Lewis added the turf supplier is Field Turf and the new artificial surface will be installed during the first part of August. The new turf will resemble what Lucasville Valley has at its football field.

“We are buying their top-end product and it will be very nice,” said Lewis.

Lewis stated as of now, he is not expecting to move or switch any varsity football games. The first Oaks’ home game is August 27 against Fairland.  It is the second game of the season as the Oaks open at Wellston on August 20.

As for the track Lewis stated it will be initially paved like a street. The rubberized sections will be added as the weather allows. The company will have to have five consecutive days of dry weather and temperatures above 50 when it applies each surface. Once the new rubberized surface is in place, the striping can occur.  Lewis noted the Oaks have a long swing of road games in September and the goal is to rubberize and stripe the track during this period.

Lewis pointed out his projections are based on no major problems occurring, including overall unfavorable weather. He says Vasco is a solid company and does a lot of work at area schools. Of course, if an extreme weather situation occurs, the district will have to adjust the timetable.

Lewis also announced some practice changes for the varsity football team and band. The football team will be practicing away from the campus at the old high school football field in town. The band will be practicing elsewhere on the OHHS campus. Other practice changes could be announced later if needed.