OXFORD (WWJ) – Oxford High School is getting a case of the blues in this heat, but students are excited about it.

Athletic Director Mike Watson says a half-dozen workers are spending this week installing new navy blue Ford Field-like turf on the football field, but the heat is slowing them down a bit.

“With the weather the way it’s been, it certainly is a challenge, but the crew’s doing a great job.  They have to move a little bit slower than they normally would and stay hydrated and all those other things that people who work outside have to do these days,” Watson said.

The “smurf-turf” is perfect for the school, as the Wildcat’s colors are navy blue and gold. Watson said it will be ready in time for football season, and the field could even offer them a slight edge as opponents adjust to the unusual turf color.

“It will probably take, for teams that come in, it probably will take a few minutes to get used to the field, but it’s definitely a home field advantage,” he said.

The field was paid for thru fundraising efforts. If you would like to donate to the Oxford Wildcat Athletic Boosters Club, click here.

Comments (3)
  1. Mike says:

    Leave it to a teacher and coach to make a statement about how good it is to have an unfair advantage to opposing school’s teams. That’s a great way to teach our kids. When I went to school we were taught to be good sports, but those were teachers who cared about the future of kids. Now we teachers, coaches, principals and school boards who think it is okay to take advantage of others to
    show just how good they are. This is a sick situation…and nobody is Oxford even sees the problem.

    1. Roger says:

      A sick situation???? Easy there tiger. It’s a blue football field. That’s it. I am not from Oxford, but I think it is more of “cool” factor than “we are doing this to have an unfair advantage.” You need to relax, this doesn’t teach kids to be poor sports and is definitely not taking advantage of others. Way to overreact and blow things out of proportion.

  2. Mike says:

    In the article, the Athletic Director was quoted as saying “it is definitely a home field
    advantage.” The trouble is people don’t see that this is meant to be a distraction. It is a purposeful unsportsmanlike attempt by the Oxford school.

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