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Green Bay School District deals with effects of Bullfrog stadium decision

Green Bay District officials say West High School planned to use the new Bullfrogs' stadium, but now they will have raise additional money for new football stadium turf at the school, Feburary 8, 2018. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Hoping to see his alma mater play in the new Bullfrogs stadium, will not be a reality for Martin Bathke.

"We have a hump in the middle of field. It's not fun to play on," he explained.

Bathke, a senior, plays football for Green Bay West High School, "I was excited that we were going to have a new stadium."

His disappointment follows Wednesday's announcement by the Bullfrogs. The team is now building a new stadium in Ashwaubenon, instead of downtown Green Bay.

"We now have to go back to the original plan of raising money for all four high schools," said Tim Flood, who oversees the district's athletics.

He says with the downtown stadium, West High's soccer and football programs would have also used the facility.

Right now, because of WIAA rules, West High School could not host regional soccer games, "It's a grass field. We can still play there, but you can't host soccer in the fall because it's not a soccer only facility or does not have turf."

Flood says currently East and Southwest High Schools have turf fields. The district is currently working on raising money to upgrade Preble's field.

He says the price tag will be around $900,000, "Not where we want to be with Preble. Right now, we have a little over $50,000 raised."

What's next for West High school and its need for new turf?

Flood says the district will be going back to the drawing board looking to raise another hundreds of thousands of dollars, "Raising that amount of money is a tremendous challenge."

As for Bathke, he's hoping the Wildcats will be able to have a turf field of their own, "There's some pride, but we got to bring it back."

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