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New look for Clippers’ homeport

CCA’s stadium to receive new turf and additional seats
This rendering shows the new “Clipper Blue” end zones and field boundary for the football field at Clear Creek Amana High School, in Tiffin. The turf, in poor condition, will be replaced this summer which led to the opportunity for a new look. (Illustrations by Shive-Hattery and provided by Clear Creek Amana Community School District)

TIFFIN– When Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School football players score a home field touchdown this season, they’ll do it surrounded by “Clipper Blue” thanks to a full field makeover project.
The district’s School Board of Directors approved a new look for the field as part of a total replacement of the turf during their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford. The turf was installed when the stadium was built in 2009 and has been in steady decline over the past three years. Much of it is simply worn out. District Superintendent Tim Kuehl said, in December 2017, the district had determined two years ago replacement would be necessary. SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education) funds generated from sales tax revenue have been allocated for the project, estimated at $597,000 for the turf replacement and $172,000 for the bleachers.
Kuehl said the natural elements combined with heavy usage and an inferior quality product have taken their toll. “This particular product has a well-documented history of not holding up to these conditions,” he added. A class-action lawsuit against the turf manufacturer is pending and the district has been contacted regarding filing a claim. No decision has been made whether to join the lawsuit or not, he said.
Bids will be received on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with the Board set to accept the successful bidder at their Monday, Feb. 19, meeting.
The work is scheduled to begin after the conclusion of the soccer and track seasons and is expected to take one month, weather permitting.