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Lorain high school stadium will get turf field

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    George Daniel Field in Lorain will get new artificial turf courtesy of the Cleveland Browns.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE FILE

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Lorain’s George Daniel Field is getting a face-lift.

Courtesy of the Cleveland Browns.

The team selected George Daniel Field, home of the Lorain Titans, as the next site to receive a high-quality synthetic turf field as part of the commitment to youth football by owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The new multiuse field is expected to be ready for the start of the high school football season. It will also be used for several other high school sports and events in the community.

The Haslams began their field initiative in the summer of 2016 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and have renovated five sites. This marks their first venture outside the city as they seek to expand the program throughout Northeast Ohio.

They are strong believers that participation in athletics increases attendance in the classroom.

The stadium, on Oberlin Avenue at W. 26th Street, was built 90 years ago and renamed George Daniel Field in 1958 in honor of Lorain’s early football coach and athletic director.

The facility is in need of improvement, and the school district researched the expensive alternatives but struggled to find a way to fit one into the budget.

The Browns came to the rescue and will pick up the tab for the field.

Lorain High School came on the radar of the Browns when Dave McFarland was chosen their High School Coach of the Year for the 2016 season. The Titans football program received $7,500, and McFarland won a trip to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and began a relationship with the organization.

The Browns have been impressed by what’s going on at Lorain with the school and athletic program. The football team has made the playoffs two straight years, and the boys basketball team reached the Final Four last month.

McFarland, Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy, Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Council President Joel Arredondo will be joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by new Browns receiver Jarvis Landry and mascot Chomps.

Last year, the Browns pledged to donate all of the net proceeds from the FirstEnergy Stadium Pro Shop to Browns Give Back’s commitment to education and youth football.

Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7253 or spetrak@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him @scottpetrak on Twitter.


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