Hidden demographics of youth sports - ESPN
Terrific run-down of statistics on US youth sports. (Of interest regardless of your position on artificial turf.)
On the suburbs:
"3. The suburban soccer mom (and dad) is based in fact.
Indeed, Sabo's WSF data paints a distinct picture of suburbs where swaths of kids in elementary and middle school, especially boys, play on three, four or five teams, and the culture revolves around their practices, tourneys and getting to their games. In contrast, childhood in cities and rural areas isn't as intensely sports-focused."
Civil engineer: installing conduits & lights later costs no more than installing conduits now & lights later
Conversation with a registered civil engineer:
Installing conduits & stadium lights down the line is not a problem. There is no reason for it to cost appreciably more than it would now.
You want lighting set back a ways from the field; you don't want it displacing bleachers or track.
And you don't need to run cable under the field. You run cable around the field.
The district can do that at any time. No need to install conduits now.
Bottom line: omitting the conduits from the bond referendum now has no bearing on the cost of putting them in later.