When the Wall High School football team takes the field on Friday night for a home game against Colts Neck, it will be stepping foot onto one of the most advanced playing surfaces in New Jersey.
And guess what?. It’s still natural grass, not artificial turf.
Prior to this season, the Wall Knights Family Foundation funded and installed a state-of-the-art professional-level natural grass field along with new goalposts at Wall High School. The new field saw its first football action when the Crimson Knights, ranked No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10, scored a 36-0 victory over Toms River North on Sept. 24.
Looking at pictures taken from the press box, it’s clear the field is beautiful. Up close, it is apparent this is no typical high school grass field.
It all started last fall when the WKFF replaced the grass with new sod rolls at the Wall American Youth Football (AYF) field. Wall was one of just four organizations that held games amid the COVID-19 pandemic last fall and hosted approximately 135 games on their field. The constant wear and tear combined with a few major storms turned the field into a mud pit. At the end of the season, they used between $30,000 to $40,000 of their funds to purchase sod and reached out to the entire Wall football community to help with the installation. Parents, coaches, and players from the youth all the way up through the high school level came