If you missed the dedication of the Ted Carlson in 1993, you have another chance. The stadium will be re-dedicated Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. before the varsity football team plays on the new artificial turf field for the first time. Athletic Director Tim Erickson said members of the Carlson family will be on hand, and fans will notice the new, classier look of the facility. All Alumni Class Reunion also to be held A first-ever party for all Rockford grads will take place nearby from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The All Alumni Class Reunion picnic is offered by Rockford Community Ed and will hopefully be a new annual event. Parking is suggested at Roguewood, and alumni will gather near the tennis courts (west of the high school). No RSVP is needed. Just show up and enjoy hot dogs, chips, lemonade, music, and great company of other Rockford grads. Attendees will be able to purchase game tickets at a reduced price.
Ted Carlson stadium
Rockford Public Schools (RPS) will formally dedicate its new artificial turf multi-purpose field on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the football home opener against Holt. Voters approved the project as part of the district’s 2008 bond issue. After carefully studying artificial turf options, district officials contracted to install a Mondoturf Eco-fill field. This cutting-edge turf is 100 percent recyclable, free of carcinogenic substances, comprised of 17.5 percent post-consumer recycled content, and is LEED friendly. In addition, the materials maintain a lower surface temperature, provide shock absorption to reduce the risk of injury, and materials are natural-looking and durable. One of the primary reasons for turfing the field is to maximize its availability for band, football, lacrosse and other activities. A traditional sod field must “rest” between events, which limits its availability. In addition, weather has a significant impact on the condition of sod fields and can render them unusable. Plans are in the works for a formal dedication of the field on Sept. 3 prior to the 7 p.m. football game against Holt. Please feel free to contact Athletic Director Tim Erickson at (616) 863-6040 for more details.