The field has seen its share of visitors during the last two weeks. Many former players under Comer have come by to check it out, and former Bulldogs coach and Indiana Football Hall of Fame inductee Mike Godan was there during practice Monday night.
The project wouldn’t have been possible without Bill Estes Automotive, which donated funds and agreed to a sponsorship deal to cover the new turf’s cost.
Seven years ago, Bill Estes started donating to Brownsburg programs and the subject of a stadium renovation came up. The economic crash of 2008, which severely hit the auto industry, put that conversation on hold for a while.
“The economy started coming back in 2010, and we started talking about it again,” Bill Estes General Manager Andy Wernsman said. “Now after all these years, our name’s on the field and press box, so it’s pretty cool.”
The auto dealer, which also works with most other Hendricks County high schools, saw the project as an opportunity to get its name out there while doing something substantial for Brownsburg’s youth.
“It’s a neat marketing idea, but it’s just good for the community and for the kids,” Wernsman said. “Also, it’s getting big-time use by the band and kids outside of football, so that’s great, too.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Danville Community High School will open its new turf field on Friday night. Its story will appear in Saturday’s edition of the Hendricks County Flyer.