Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field, other facilities, getting new field
Oxford’s commitment to having the best athletic facilities, and teams, over the years will continue in the future thanks to the decision to provide new field turf at Bobby Hoclomb Field and three other places in the district.
Oxford High football coach Johnny Hill said that the new Field Turf, similar to what is at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, will be installed as early as June and be ready for the Chargers to play on in 2014. The cost to add the turf to the football stadium, the practice field at the new high school as well as inside the baseball hitting facility and the commons area at Bramlett Elementary has been set at $1.3 million.
Almost half of the funds have been raised for the project through generous private donations, thus eliminating some, or all, of the cost for the district. More fundraising efforts are in the works, Hill said.
‘I’ve talked to a lot of people initially with more to see and all but one have said they were interested in helping out in some way,” Hill said. “This is going to be great for the district. It will benefit everyone, soccer, football, baseball, the kids at the elementary school. People will be able to use this in so many ways. Anybody that comes down the field now can see that everyone is using the facility now, but this will allow us to use it even 15 minutes after it rains It’s a very worthwhile project and another step up for the school district overall.”