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Field goal accomplished: Newman reaches deal to continue playing games at SHS

August 15, 2018 GMT

STERLING – At a cost of $2,000 a game, Newman football will call Sterling Chevrolet Field and Roscoe Eades Stadium home for the 2018 football season.

Newman Central Catholic High School Principal Jennifer Oetting and Sterling Superintendent Tad Everett signed a 1-year, $2,000 per-event contract – twice what the private school was accustomed to paying with its previous 6-year contract.

“I’m glad they can play football here,” Superintendent Tad Everett said. “Now we can focus on educating our students.”

The Sterling school board will hold a special at 5 p.m Thursday to approve the new contract.

The rental increase means Newman will pay at least $10,000 for five regular-season games, and $6,000 at the most for three home playoff games.

The previous contract expired last year, and Sterling revamped the terms to reflect its investment in improvements to the field and stadium, and to “provide consistency if other clubs wanted to rent the stadium,” Everett said.

Those upgrades include $1.1 million in new turf, $265,000 to improve the track and $3.7 million in other renovations made since 2012. All but the turf, bought with private donations, were paid for with countywide sales and property tax revenue.

Mike Papoccia, Newman’s athletic director, pointed out before the contract was inked that Newman families also paid the taxes that paid for those improvements, but staying firm on the price was the main focus of negotiations, Everett said.

“We felt $2,000 was a fair market value,” he said.

Newman’s first home game is Aug. 25, when the team plays Kewanee.