Sacramento, CA one of Northern California’s largest school districts is in the process of renovating its athletic infrastructure, and they started with two brand new artificial turf fields. Sacramento City Unified School District’s Rosemont High School formally dedicated its new athletic field in May 2014, while Kennedy High School debuted its new artificial turf for the home opener September 5 2014.

The facility upgrade at Rosemont High includes a new running track. Natural grass was removed and replaced with an artificial playing surface. The new athletic fields at Rosemont and Kennedy high schools are wonderful additions to the schools and the communities they serve,” said Gabe Ross, spokesman for SCUSD.”

The new athletic field at Kennedy High School is part of a larger project that includes new facilities for concessions and restrooms, as well as additional bleachers. It features a proprietary synthetic turf system. Similar to the product installed at Rosemont, the playing surface varies only in that it contains a blend of technologies for durability. The project was completed in time for Kennedy Football’s home opener against Galt High School on September 5th.

“The drought conditions in Northern California were certainly a consideration,” added the spokesperson. “Installing athletic fields that don’t need water will save the district – and the community – millions of gallons of water, which benefits the entire state.

Estimates show that natural grass football fields can consume up to 50,000 gallons of water a week. With the project at Kennedy High School now completed, the tally comes to three high schools out of six in the district with artificial turf football fields. That translates to literally millions of gallons of water conserved by the district each year due to synthetic turf conversion. Both the Rosemont and Kennedy projects were paid for with Measure R Bond funds, which were approved by Sacramento voters in 2012.