Monday, May 6, 2013

New football turf at SBU will reduce maintenance costs, injuries

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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New football turf at SBU will reduce maintenance costs, injuries

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University broke ground Friday, May 3, for the new Enviroturf synthetic turf that will replace the grass football field at SBU’s Plaster Stadium.

The total Turf and Track project is expected to cost about $1.5 million: $1.15 million for site preparation and synthetic turf installation on the football field and track; $200,000 for renovations to the press box; $120,000 for storage units under the bleachers; and $30,000 for contingencies.

Two contractors will be working on replacing the turf and track surfaces. Byrne and Jones Construction in St. Louis is contracted for engineering and site preparation, which includes dirt removal and drainage system installation before adding rock, chat and sand. Enviroturf crews will then install the turf.

The synthetic turf will significantly reduce maintenance costs by eliminating the need for grass seed, fertilizer and water, as well as the time involved with maintaining a natural grass field. A refreshing machine is required to be run periodically to keep the turf in good playing condition. The turf also has been shown to reduce injuries by about one-third.

The new track surface will allow SBU to host track and field meets, which the University has not been able to do for more than a decade.

With construction expected to begin Monday, May 13, the surface will be completed in time for the fall 2013 football season.

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