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Private donors to fund new turf at Troy Memorial Stadium, Ferguson Field in fall of 2024

The Stadium & Turf Enhancement Project (STEP) Committee is pleased to announce that enough funds have been raised allowing the project to move forward for use in the fall of 2024.

Although the amount raised thus far is approximately $300,000 short of its goal, there are sufficient donations to cover the replacement of the turf at both Memorial Stadium and Ferguson Field along with the installation of new lights and scoreboard at the soccer field. Ferguson Field will use the existing bleachers and press box during the fall 2024 season while the Committee continues to raise the remaining funds to cover the installation of new bleachers and a press box at the soccer field in time for the 2025 season.

“We are pleased to be working with the Motz Group on the installation of both turf fields,” said Jeff Price, Troy City School District Treasurer. “They have a long history of successful turf projects throughout central/southwest Ohio including The Horseshoe and OSU’s practice facility.”

The project was kicked off in March 2023 with a donation spark from the Ernst Family.

“Growing up in Troy and having attended Troy schools, we are excited to give back to the Troy Community by supporting this worthwhile project for Troy students to have two amazing fields to practice and compete on,” said Dan Ernst.

The project is 100% funded with private donations which have been received from individuals, businesses, foundations, and civic organizations throughout the Troy

“We have been really pleased with the response from the Trojan Family,” said Chris Piper,
Troy City School District Superintendent. “Our community has a long history of supporting Troy City Schools and worthy projects throughout the District and we are confident the remaining funds will be raised.”

Plans call for the construction to begin on Ferguson Field in April and Memorial Stadium’s construction will follow as soon as the track season is over. Donations will continue to be accepted by the STEP Fund of The Troy Foundation to close the remaining gap. Checks may be mailed to the Foundation at 216 W. Franklin Street (place STEP on the memo line) or online through their website:

For more information, please contact Tom Kleptz at (937) 875-2550 or