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Wool Bowl track, field to be replaced

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The Roswell school board also awarded a contract Tuesday night for replacing the turf and track at the Wool Bowl Stadium on North Grand Avenue.

Lone Mountain Contracting Inc. of Bosque Farms, New Mexico, was the sole bidder for the project, due to begin after Memorial Day and be completed no later than July 31.

The synthetic turf on the football field is more than 10 years old and “is completely degraded. It is not safe,” said Superintendent Dr. Ann McIlroy, with other district officials adding that the turf has holes and pits in it.

The track is 11 to 12 years old and is cracking, district administrators told board members.

School officials say they have asked that end zone or center field graphics be added to the football field.

“What we have talked about is putting a big medallion in the center of the field,” said McIlroy. “So if it is Goddard playing, it would be their design. If it is Roswell playing, it would be their design.”

She added that the school district is also talking with New Mexico Military Institute staff about its teams using the stadium next year.

The project will cost about $1 million, which will be paid for by the district’s athletic fund.