De Pere, Wisconsin Raises Green

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West De Pere High School Converts to Shaw Sportexe Synthetic Turf

In De Pere, Wisconsin, the West De Pere Phantoms prepare to convert their 99,776 square foot natural turf football field into a multi-purpose Shaw Sportexe Legion 41 engineered synthetic turf system.

The process will begin on the thirty-eight year old stadium this May, providing the two-time division three state champions with a quality surface built specifically for safety and performance. “Having a clean, fast and most importantly, safe playing surface guaranteed for every game regardless of weather conditions and throughout the program is simply an invaluable tool” commented Jack Batten, West De Pere High School’s Defensive Coordinator.

The new field will benefit more than just the football athletes. It’s estimated that the field’s use will rise from 285 to 1,300 students, including use by the marching band, dance team, soccer team, P.E. classes, football practice and other local youth sports programs.

Talk was generated last November after other area schools began to replace their fields with artificial rather than natural turf. Shaw Sportexe was selected out of seven turf competitors. “Having experienced firsthand the work Shaw Sportexe has done on the fields at Notre Dame High School and St. Norbert College, we are extremely excited to see what they can do with our field here at West De Pere,” stated Batten.

A committee met to discuss how to raise funds for the field, the core focus being to “raise green” without using a cent of taxpayer money. And raise they did - today, the school district has pooled enough, through existing funds and from corporate and private donations to cover the entire cost of the field installation.

“We look forward to seeing the final product at the end of July,” said Batten “and we’re also looking forward to many years of quality competition for our students and community members."

About Shaw Sportexe
A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Shaw Sportexe is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and Canada. Shaw Sportexe has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 900 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information, please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on facebook.

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