If all goes according to plan, the playing surface at 's Memorial Stadium will be converted to artificial turf in time for the beginning of football two-a-day practices in August.
According to turf committee member Andy Logan, a down payment on the $800,000 project has been secured to get the project under way later this month.
“Vasco Sports Contractors of Massillon is the general contractor on the project and FieldTurf will manufacture and install the artificial playing surface,” Logan said. “Local high schools, Lake and Green, have the same turf.”
Amazingly, the committee — composed of Logan, District Superintendent Mike Gallina, Bob Chufar, Bruce Hunt, Kevin Wood, Craig Pelini, Rob Frock and Dave Cochenour — pulled this project together in only two months.
Memorial Stadium has been home to Hoover football since 1947 and the field was
Hoover's first home game on the new playing surface is scheduled for Aug. 26 against Stow.
Donations for the project can be sent to: Hoover Sideliners, P.O. Box 2413, North Canton, OH 44720. This is a not a Sideliners-driven project, but they are lending their support and their tax-exempt identification number to permit donations to be tax deductible. Levels of giving are being established and may be spread out over three years.
Thankfully, Mother Nature cooperated with the North Canton Little League's . In the midst of numerous volunteers who make things happen at the NCLL complex on East Maple Street, two individuals stand out above the rest. Gary Giammarco and have a combined 43 years of involvement with the organization.
Giammarco and Meder volunteer countless hours throughout the year. Neither grew up in North Canton, but both have remained involved long after their sons came through the program. Meder recently picked up additional duties as District 4 administrator. Giammarco and Meder are two men with big hearts who truly give back to the community in which they chose to reside and raise their families.