Tucson High's Gridley Field reopens after last year's flooding

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson High Magnet School's football field will reopen Friday, August 24 after more than a year of being closed. 

Gridley Field was closed in July 2017 after a storm led to the flooding of the field.

For the past year, the Tucson High Badgers were forced to practice at Cherry Field and play all of their home games at the Kino Sports Complex. 

"They had to get the plans, they had to get the bid, get field turf out here. Had to go in and re do all the drainage which was a long process in its self right there and now they're upgrading everything else. They're repainting our scoreboard right now, so they're doing a real good job to make this look all brand new," said Head Football Coach at Tucson High Justin Argraves. 

The brand new turf has an updated drainage system to avoid flooding and an overall similar situation to last year. 

Despite the struggle they faced over the past year, the Tucson High football team is more than happy to be able to play back on their on field. 

"You know they're just excited to have a place to play and be back at home at Gridley field and not have to travel every single day," said Argraves.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Gridley Field at 6:30 p.m. on Firday, August 24 followed by the Badgers taking on the Pueblo High Warriors at 7 p.m. 

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