Contamination issues resolved, resodding of Radford football field begins

Contamination issues resolved, resodding of Radford football field begins

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Radford High School's football team returns to the field this fall, all indications are that they will do so with a home field advantage for the first time in more than two years.

Work began on Wednesday to resod the football field at John E. Velasco Stadium, 22 months after dangerous levels of soil contaminants -- including arsenic, lead and mercury -- were discovered when the school began work on installing a new artificial track. The area upon which portions of Radford's football field and track sit is an old Navy dumpsite.

Repair work was delayed in late 2014 after four pieces of ordnance were dug up near the field's north endzone.

The U.S. Navy, which is overseeing the resodding work, says 74 rolls of Bermuda TifGrand sod were delived to the school on Wednesday. 200 rolls of the grass, which is frequently used on sports fields, will be needed to complete the project.

Radford High School Principal James Sunday says he's pleased that repairs to the stadium are finally getting back underway.

"We're excited to see green on the field again," Sunday said in a text message to Hawaii News Now.

"It's nice to be back on 'track,'" he continued, alluding to the fact that installation of the new artificial track surface still needs to be completed before the stadium can officially be used again.

The stadium is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2016 football season.

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