After years of debate and months of construction, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the opening of the artificial turf field at Jonathan Dayton High School. The event precedes Dayton's home opening football game at 7 p.m. as the Bulldogs take on the Mountaineers of Bernards.
Springfield Superintendent Michael Davino, Dayton Principal Elizabeth Cresci, Sam Mardini, assistant engineer for the Township of Springfield as well as local officials are expected to attend the rain-or-shine ceremony.
In February 2012, a $3.4 million bond ordinance passed unanimously to fund the athletic field. After the vote, Phil Iuliano, one of the founders of the pro-turf group the Springfield Athletic Turf Field Association, told Patch he "could not be happier for the community.”
Mike Scalera, chairman of the Springfield Business Improvement District, said he is expecting "a huge turnout" for the ceremony.
"It's going to be a really big event, with all the local dignitaries coming out for it," he said.
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