FOOTBALL: Construction company donates field to King HS

Published 5:20 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Austin-based Hellas Construction is donating a Matrix Turf football field from NRG Stadium in Houston to Sheldon ISD’s C.E. King High School in northeast Harris County.

Hurricane Harvey left King underwater and the school and its athletic facilities severely damaged, according to a news release. Hellas led recovery efforts on the football field and track, while King was closed until January. The local fire department cleaned off sewer water from King’s field and sanitized the surface so King could play all five home games there.

King’s football team became the subject of an NBC News story in December.

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Hellas asked officials from Harris County — which owns NRG Stadium — to donate its field to King. Hellas signed a three-year contract with the county before Harvey arrived to install Matrix Helix field each year after the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Hellas will begin installing the Texans’ turf at King later this month.

A new high school and stadium are in the works for a 2020 opening, according to the release. The current stadium will become the middle school stadium.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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