It's official. Bettendorf High School's football team will be playing on fresh synthetic turf at TouVelle Stadium for the Bulldogs' Sept. 5 season-opener against Iowa City High School.

Bettendorf school board members unanimously approved the $3.25 million project's final contract Wednesday at a special board meeting.

The bid was awarded to Russell Construction of Davenport, which  completed the school’s $16.2 million renovation last spring that added an 840-seat performing arts center, a new entrance, office space, library renovation and a new district administration center.

Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL, and the 1 percent local-option sales tax will fund the project.

Demolition of the stadium's existing restroom facilities will begin today and excavation of the field will begin May 3, said John Campbell, the district's director of operations.

"We're ready to play on that new field," he said.

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The project's substantial completion date is slated for Aug. 8, while the final completion date is Sept. 8.

Bettendorf’s Superintendent Theron Schutte said the facility will be ready for use before the project's final completion date and the football team's inner-squad game Aug. 22.

"The extra time should not be a deterrent of having activities out there," Schutte said. "Every year we're on a tight timeline and that's just the reality."

The upgrade will replace the stadium’s grass field with synthetic turf, reconfigure the eight-lane track and install a new and brighter lighting system. Other projects include a new ticket booth and entry plaza and renovations to the home-side concessions and restrooms.

Since the project's start date disrupts high school spring track and field season, Campbell said the team will be able to practice on Pleasant Valley High School's track for the remainder of their season.

"After this, we'll need a bit of time off to regenerate dollars," Schutte said.

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