The Laveen Elementary School District’s David Glasser Athletic Complex is the new home of the sod used in the 2017 Cactus Bowl thanks to a rather large donation by the Fiesta Bowl Charities.
Following December’s Kansas State vs. UCLA game, the sod was removed from Chase Field and transported to Laveen where it was installed at the district’s new community football/soccer field. The organization unveiled the new turf, freshly painted with the Fiesta Bowl logo, on March 8. An added gift was permanently fixed electronic scoreboard that was installed just days earlier.
The field sits on the site of the former Laveen School which was rebuilt a mile away. Once demolished, the Laveen community voiced interest in using the site for community ball fields.
The district utilized a $185,000 grant, awarded by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, as well as almost $850,000 in capital funds to renovate the site. However, there was not enough funding available for sod, meaning the fields would not be ready for spring season sports. In came Fiesta Bowl Charities to the rescue. “Today, thanks to Fiesta Bowl Charities, we have an absolutely beautiful lush green lawn on the new football field,” remarked district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson at the official unveiling.
The site now includes the new football/soccer field, two baseball fields, a practice area, snack shack and expanded parking. The athletic complex was named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty while serving the Laveen community in 2016.
“This new quality athletic field provides a much needed amenity for the Laveen community. It has already created a tremendous amount of interest and excitement in youth sports. We are extremely grateful to Fiesta Bowl Charities for helping a dream become a reality,” Johnson added.
The district will dedicate the completed complex on April 12 just before the intramural football championship game that will be played on the new field. It will be primarily used by local youth ball leagues.