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to be significantly less expensive than the Sprague field project. However, the same quality and care that went into those fields will go into the WHS field. For example, as with Sprague, a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) infill will be used for the turf as opposed to black crumb rubber. TPE is more expensive, but it is a non-toxic option that will help ensure student safety. "A wider, synthetic turf field will significantly increase the usability and durability of the field and extend the available months that the field can be utilized, thereby adding to available capacity," said Sheehan. The new sound system will be designed to keep noise in the stadium at a minimum in an effort to improve the experience for the neighbors. The improvement plan will also include new plantings along Smith Street as well as a new fence. Rebuilding the WHS field will not only add field capacity, reduce cross-town traffic to the Sprague fields, and generate more rev- enue for the school athletic department, it will create a better home field for the town's teams. "It was great when sports were played on the Hunnewell fields because we could just walk across the street to watch the games," said one WHS teacher. "Now, because all the games are played at Sprague, it's more of a chore to get there." More than 700 high school students and 3,000 middle school and younger students who participate in track and field, soccer, 125 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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