Aerial View of New WHS Athletic Complex

A major overhaul of the outdoor athletic/band complex at Washington High School is nearly complete. The $2.3 million project includes a new synthetic turf field, spray-on track, lighting, visitors side bleachers, fencing, concrete walkway, improved accessibility and an access road. The athletic boosters are funding a new entrance and canopy, as well as the Blue Jay logo featured in the center of the field. An open house for the community is planned for Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The following night, the varsity football team will play its home opener. A formal dedication will be held just prior to the 7 p.m. kick off.      Missourian Air Photo/Jeanne Miller Wood.

The Washington School District will host an open field night this Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the public to view the Washington High School athletic/band complex renovation.

The $2.3 million project includes a synthetic turf field, spray-on track, new lighting, new visiting side bleachers, fencing, improved ADA accessibility, concrete walkway around the track and an access road.

The “informal” open house will not have a set program, rather people can stop by at any time during those two hours.

The varsity football team will be completing a pre-game practice for its Sept. 6 home opener between 5 and 5:30 p.m. and then the dance team and cheerleading squad will get a chance to take the field and do a run-through.

Then, at 6 p.m. the WHS Marching Blue Jays will have their regular practice on the field.

“People can come down and touch the new turf field and walk on the new track, really just roam the stadium and check it all out,” said Athletic Director Bill Deckelman.

Deckelman and other staff members will be on hand to field questions about the project.

The athletic boosters also will have their wearable trailer open if anyone wants to purchase WHS merchandise.

A formal ribbon cutting is planned just prior to kickoff of the Sept. 6 football game at approximately 6:55 p.m. which will include the band, dancers and cheerleaders, as well as members and special guests of the 1973 state champion football team.