Black and Red Turf? Love it! Launching a Legacy Campaign Seeks to Raise $4M for New Football, Baseball and Softball Fields

South Milwaukee’s Launching a Legacy athletics fundraising campaign is officially underway — and the end result will be incredibly striking.

The Football Boosters joined with local businesses and other donors to announce the effort at Friday’s Rocket football game. The goal: Raise funds in support a $4 million project to transform Spaltholz Field and Bucyrus Stadium while also lifting up the baseball and softball programs.

Check out the campaign website and hype video. From the site …

The Launching a Legacy Campaign is an energized effort to enhance the South Milwaukee School District’s sports complex and the City of South Milwaukee by preserving and strengthening one of the great assets in the community. When finished, our playing fields will honor the area’s past while establishing a continuing legacy for the future. Students, community members, and visitors to the city will realize a greater appreciation for events, the legends that have unfolded in these special places. Supporting the Launching a Legacy Campaign will give South Milwaukee students and the community modernized turf fields for decades to come.

The coolest piece is the black and red turf at the venues, making Spaltholz Field perhaps the most unique-looking stadium in the state for high school athletics.

Want to know what it will look like? Check out Bolingbrook High School in Illinois.

From the campaign site …

With striking colors the new Spaltholz Field will stand out among the competition, while underneath an environmentally safe pad and infill will ensure the safety of our soil and waterways. Improved drainage will help our teams get back on the field sooner and mitigate damage from flooding.

The track around the field will be resurfaced and brought up to modern standards and allow the pole vault to return to the stadium.

The stadium facilities around the field are pleasant and modern but are underutilized due to the condition of the field. The installation of the artificial turf in the stadium and other fields (softball/baseball) will completely alleviate the current problem. Once completed, the new field will be available for a variety of community events, educational endeavors, and other school activities.

Additionally, an artificial turf field will also be installed for the upper Softball Diamond, and Galewski Field will be leveled and have artificial infield turf.

The campaign is off to a great start, with more than $200,000 in donations announced on Friday: $100,000 from the Football Boosters; $50,000 from Dr. Bill Pennington; $25,000 from TASC Services; $25,000 from Educators Credit Union; $10,000 from Procter Insurance; and $5,000 from the South Milwaukee Little League.

Now, they need your help! Join the $1,000+ Club and “receive a Club Gold Card etched with your name made by students in the Fab Lab. A Gold Card grants you lifetime entrance to any South Milwaukee regular season home sporting event. Your name will also be prominently displayed at our athletics facility complex, or make your gift a memorial or honorarium.”

There are a number of naming rights opportunities, too.

Donate here. And go Rockets!

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