It’s back to square one for Green Bay West High School. Kris Schuller reports why the Bullfrogs’ decision to move to Ashwaubenon has left many high school athletes disappointed.
When the Green Bay Bullfrogs announced plans to build a stadium in Ashwaubenon instead of downtown Green Bay’s Shipyard project, it put an end to West High School senior running back Brandon Dudley’s dream, to play the last few games of his career for the Wildcats – tearing up an artificial turf field.
“With a turf field, better performance, run faster, better cut, that was excitement and to not have it is very disappointing,” said Dudley.
Disappointing for Tim Flood as well.
“We were looking forward to that venue, we were looking forward to it for the West students, I know the coaches and students over there were looking forward to it also,” said Tim Flood, who oversees athletics in the Green Bay Area Public School District.
Flood says early on the Bullfrogs approached him about opening up their new stadium to West High School athletics.
“It would have been the girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer and football. All those games would have been played over at the new Bullfrogs facility,” Flood said.
The offer meant the district could focus on raising $900,000 to upgrade Preble High School’s field to turf next, like was done at East and Southwest and stop worrying about West’s existing grass field for now.
“We were very excited, we thought that would be great,” said Flood.
But with the Bullfrogs decision the district is back at square one, searching for ways to fund artificial turf, first at Preble and then West.
“It’s a challenge raising that type of money,” Flood said. “We’re still continuing to look for donors and to look for grants.”
A playing surface Brandon Dudley believes students at West deserve.
“These kids here deserve something like that, be it motivation to get better and better, there are a lot of good kids here,” Dudley said.
Green Bay’s four high schools started selling baseball caps last week with the money going toward athletics.