Pennington Field

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Pennington Field
Pennington Field exterior.jpg
Location1501 Central Dr., Bedford, TX, USA
OwnerHurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District [1]
OperatorHurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District [1]
Capacity12,500 seats[1]
SurfaceHellas Matrix turf (artificial turf)[2]
Construction
OpenedFall 1987 [1]
RenovatedFall 2003 [3]
Tenants
L.D. Bell Blue Raiders (1987-present)
Trinity Trojans (1987-present)[4]

Pennington Field is a multi-purpose stadium located in Bedford, Texas. The 12,500-capacity facility is primarily used for local high school football and soccer teams of Trinity High School and L.D. Bell High School. It is owned and operated by the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

In addition to high school sports, Pennington Field was previously used by the DFW Tornados of the Premier Development League from 2004-2010, the American Eightman Football League (AEFL),[5] and the Red River Bowl for NJCAA.

Pennington Field does not have a track around the field, partly because the city of Bedford has an ordinance requiring all tracks to be open to the public. The result is that the seats are closer to the sidelines, creating a more intimate spectator experience.[6]

History[edit]

The name "Pennington Field" was first given to an existing American football field near what was then L. D. Bell High School (now the site of Central Junior High). The field was named for Fred Pennington, the L.D. Bell High School football coach, after his accidental death in 1962.

The stadium opened in 1987 as a state-of-the-art venue that would host not only American football games, but soccer matches and special events as well. Pennington Field is still well known in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as one of the most advanced and high-quality high school sports stadiums in the area.[citation needed] In June 2010, the stadium's playing surface was replaced with a new Hellas Matrix turf.[2] The artificial turf field is specially engineered to allow for proper drainage.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pennington Field". Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  2. ^ a b "Pennington Field - Turf / Playing Surface". Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  3. ^ "Pennington Field - Rental Information". Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  4. ^ "Pennington Field - Uses of Field". Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  5. ^ "American Eightman Football League - Directions". American Eightman Football League. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  6. ^ "HEBISD School Center - Pennington Field". Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Retrieved December 17, 2012.

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Coordinates: 32°49′58″N 97°08′11″W / 32.832755°N 97.136374°W / 32.832755; -97.136374