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Rain Delays Tea Athletic Facility's Facelift

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While all the rain has been a good thing for some, it’s causing headaches for others. And it has brought a multi-million dollar renovation project in Tea to a standstill.

The gates that once let in Titan fans, now leads to an empty, dirt covered lot.

"Obviously when fighting with Mother Nature you're not going to win,” said Brent DeBoer, Athletic Director at Tea Area School District.  “And I don't mind the rain, it’s just for this project I wish we had a giant tent we could put over that area so it could dry out and we could continue to work on it.”

DeBoer said this area of dirt, where the high school's old football field was, will one day be home to a turf field, surrounded by an eight lane track. There will also be new bleachers, a concession stand and a press box. But due to the recent rain, DeBoer said the project is at least four weeks behind schedule.

Now renovations began after the football season ended. But as you can see, not a whole lot of progress has been made.

“It's looking good, we just need some dry time so we can get it dried out so we can continue to work,” said DeBoer.

The ground four feet below the surface, is just too wet to make any significant progress.

 “And they can't put their huge machinery on it without displacing the dirt,” said DeBoer. “And then there will ruts and it will be uneven.”

Because of the delay, DeBoer had to extend the construction contract an extra month into September. With the extension, he has to start looking at other places for the district's teams to play.

“We're trying to switch things around,” he said. “We will still have the same amount of home games this year, and next year, they just may be somewhere else.”

DeBoer hopes these orange fences only line the field for the first home game of the season.

The goal is to have a first game on the new field the week of October 1.
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