When the St. Joe Bears step out on the field of Dickinson Stadium next fall to open the 2018 regular season, the football team will not be stepping out onto the normal natural grass that’s been in place since 2003. Thanks to a gift from Stave and Elizabeth Upton, the playing surface will be replaced by artificial turf.
In a press release from the St. Joseph Schools, Upton said “We are very fortunate to have quality schools in our area. St. Joe Schools has always been a great school system, and very important to our family. We are excited to improve the facilities at the high school and this will benefit all area student athletes for years to come. Elizabeth and I are proud of this improvement and look forward to seeing games after completion.”
The new field allow St. Joe to bring back the boys and girls soccer teams back to the high school after playing games at Upton Middle School. Dickinson Stadium will be one of four teams in Berrien County to play games on the synthetic surface. St. Joe will also be one of six schools in the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference to have a synthetic football field.