Oxford High School in Michigan is installing a much publicized blue colored FieldTurf for its football field, but now it appears as if the school might be having a hard time to pay for it, now five local families could lose the their homes as a result.
The Oxford turf committee must pay AstroTurf LLC $300,000 by September 1 or the five families that put up their homes as collateral could lose them. One of the people that could be losing their home is Detroit Lions senior vice president Bill Keenist, who is a donor.
Officials for the turf project opted to take out a $400,000 loan after voters rejected a bond to pay for the turf. The school has raised only $100,000 and now the community must come up with $300,000 in a little over a week.
"Lots of people around the community are stepping up to the plate and chipping in to get this thing repaid," said Jim Reis, chairmen of the turf committee and one of the home owners that stand to be foreclosed upon. "I'm honestly blown away by the response by everyone in this town and beyond. A woman from Warren just sent in a check for $1,000 the other day when she read about our situation. "We've just been overwhelmed by all the support."
Fundraisers have been set by local businesses to help pay off the debt. Little Caesars in Oxford will donate half of its proceeds on August 18 and an area McDonald's will donate all of its proceeds on an unknown date. People can donate to the fund by going onto oxfordboosters.com
According to AstroTurf LLC, the committee has not requested an extension.
This is not the first time that the new field has made news. Almost a year to the date, Boise State sent a letter to the high school stating that it cannot legally call the new field "Blue turf" as the name is trademarked by the university.