Tucson High's football field still closed due to monsoon damage

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson High's football field remains closed after a month due to monsoon damage and the cause of flooding is still unknown, according to the Tucson Unified School District.

Heavy rains flooded the field on July 19th. Then a week later, the track flooded again. 

TUSD's interim superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo says an engineer will assess blueprints of the drainage system and construction of the practice field to determine the cause of flooding and make sure it doesn't happen again.  

Trujillo says the level of damage is still unknown and whether the turf needs to be repaired or replaced.  

"The plan is to snake a camera through our drainage pipe and to kind of snake it all the way in so we can get a good view of what's going on underneath and the subterranean drainage system to see if there is any blockage," he said.

Trujillo says the football team is set to play their first two home games at Kino Sports Complex. 

"They are already familiar with the complex, they are already familiar with the facility, we don't want to create an additional burden by driving them any farther or having parents in our community get used to a new facility on such short notice," he said.

This move costs about $2,500 per game, but Trujillo says it is not coming out of the district's general budget. 

He says the goal is to have repairs completed by October.

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