BATH - When the 2017-18 football season kicks off Bath will have a distinct new look that includes a full turf field with its mascot, the Ram, in the center and a video display at the stadium for football, lacrosse and soccer, with special features for track also being added.

Bath was able to create funding for the project through a capital referendum and state facilities aid. The project received overwhelming support from the community in May of 2016 and will receive a 92 percent state reimbursement.

“We’re doing the work for eight cents on the dollar,” Bath superintendent Joe Rumsey said. “Locally, there won’t be any impact to taxpayers in the area because other projects are coming off the books and funds can be allocated to this project.”

When it comes to the new turf field, the priority is to keep the student-athletes that play on the field safe.

A-Turf, of Lancaster, Pa., (the same company that was used by Corning-Painted Post schools in their stadium renovation) will provide the turf, which includes a .75-inch piece of rubber blend that sits under the turf. That’s necessary to meet state requirement compaction tests for concussions.

“They (A-Turf) were the most reputable brand around,” said Rumsey. “As we learn more and more about concussions, we have to be more and more sensitive to that, so that was some of the best money we’ve ever spent.”

By including this rubber blend, the warranty of the turf was extended another five years and Rumsey says it will be a seamless transition to replace when that time comes.

“When they go to replace the turf in 20 years, all they have to do is peel the carpet off and lay it on there,” said Rumsey. “It will be done very inexpensively.”

The Rams’ soccer field complex will remain the main soccer fields, although the teams may play sectional events on the turf (if required by Section V) and will be available for practices and special events such as large tournaments.

Rumsey hopes the new development of the field and other additions to the school will draw more people to Bath.

“When you’re buying a home, or looking for a business the first thing many people do is look at the quality of the schools. I can see some major tournaments coming here with our additions which will fill our restaurants and hotels.”

Fans will get to see their beloved Rams on the new field Friday, Sept. 15, when Bath hosts Letchworth/Warsaw. Modified soccer games will be on the turf the following week.