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The stadiums at Sidney and West Carrollton high schools are undergoing makeovers to replace their natural grass surfaces with artificial turf. Both are expected to be completed this month.
Sidney's project was privately funded by the Vespa Quarterback Club. Able to accommodate 7,000 spectators, the stadium hopes to become a player in landing postseason games.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association doesn't require, but favors artificial surfaces for its neutral sites after the first round of the playoffs to better accommodate potential worsening weather.
Memorial Stadium is home to the Yellow Jackets and Lehman Catholic.
Also getting a new artificial turf surface this spring is West Carroll-ton's All-Sports Stadium. That's courtesy of the Pirates' 30-year agreement to allow the Dayton Dutch Lions FC to use its enhanced facilities for the Lions' professional soccer program.
The Dutch Lions are scheduled to make their home debut there at 7 p.m. on Saturday vs. LA Galaxy II.
Those two surface updates increases to 12 schools in the Greater Western Ohio Conference that will have artificial turf this fall.
The six remaining grass holdouts are Springfield of the Central Division, Greenville and Troy in the North and Fairborn, Miamisburg and Xenia in the South.
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