If everything goes as planned, the Arab Sportsplex, commonly known as the new football stadium, will have a decidedly different appearance this fall.

Monday night, the Arab Board of Education approved a $738,000 proposal from Warner’s Athletic Construction of Smyrna, Tenn., to install artificial turf on the field.

“That’s the lock and key price,” Superintendent Dr. Johnny Berry said. “They told us it may even be cheaper.”

The money to pay for the project will come from a $1.25 billion state bond issue approved by the state legislature last year. Arab’s share was approximately $3.54 million.

Berry said the addition of baseball and softball fields on the property at Gilliam Springs Road are still being planned for the near future, as well.

“We hope to have the drawings for those fields by our next meeting or in May,” he said.

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