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Lorain Schools dedicates new turf field

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    Lorain Titan Marching Band plays on the new turf at George Daniel Field Sept. 14.

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    Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy, left, and Cleveland Browns players James Burgess Jr., Josh Gordon and T.J. Carrie dedicate the new turf at George Daniel Field on Friday.

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    Josh Gordon of the Browns at the dedication of new turf field at George Daniel Field Sept. 14.

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LORAIN — Three Cleveland Browns players stood side-by-side with the Lorain Titans football team Friday night as the field was dedicated.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon, along with linebacker James Burgess Jr. and defensive back T.J. Carrie were met by applause as they stood beside Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy while the dedication ceremony took place.

George Daniel Field may be 90 years old, but with a new turf field this year compliments of the Cleveland Browns, it has a refreshed look.

The state-of-the-art artificial turf field was installed in July.

“This donation is part of the Browns’ Give Back program, a commitment to youth football by owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam,” Hardy said. “We thank them.”

Thanks to the Cleveland Browns Foundation, the dream of having a turf field for the Lorain Titans has become a reality.

“It is amazing to see not only an organization that cares so greatly about Greater Cleveland but our fan base that is so appreciative for all they have done for us,” Hardy said Friday night.

Hardy called the presence by the Browns players an “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“To see not one, not two, but three players here in our community taking pictures, it’s wonderful,” he said.

Lorain Schools Athletic Director Bryan Koury said the artificial turf field will be used by other sports teams as well, and has been a blessing.

“We have been able to move soccer into the stadium while increasing our overall number of home football games,” Koury said. “Soccer was previously forced to play offsite, having to travel back and forth for both practices and games. We are also now able to actually practice on our game field. Grass fields won’t hold up to that amount of traffic.”

And while the excitement of the Browns was enough to have fans cheering throughout the night, the Titans’ 50-6 win over St. Joseph High School from Canada brought the crowd to their feet.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.


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