Blacksburg High School donors raising funds for new turf football field

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- After an undefeated 2018 regular season, the Blacksburg High School football team had its home playoff games moved to Christiansburg after rain made the Bruins' home field unplayable.

Now, the Blacksburg Athletic Club is holding a Drive for 75 fundraiser for a new field to prevent that from happening again.

The goal is to raise $750,000 in 75 days. With roughly 30 days left, club president Jason Massie said donors have already pledged more than $400,000.

The athletic club has collected $250,000 out of the funds that donors have pledged so far.

"The kids have been wanting this for years," Massie said. "Not only football, we have lacrosse, soccer, rec sports, middle school sports that play here. It would be great."

Moving last season's playoff games also cost the school revenue from concessions, even after working out a deal to split profits with Christiansburg High School.

"We did come into a revenue share agreement with Christiansburg High School and Christiansburg Athletics, and those people were wonderful to work with," said former Blacksburg Athletic Club president Dave Shelor.

"They allowed us to set up in conjunction with their concessions people, and we actually did fairly well. But when the rubber met the road, we showed a $22,000 or more loss."

The project, if funded, is slated to begin on November 1 and the new field is expected to be ready for the spring 2020 season.