Turf replacement at OSU begins

FieldTurf replacements will be all the rage this offseason at Reser Stadium and the Tommy Prothro Football Complex. Both will be completed in time for the start of the 2012 football season, with practice beginning in early August. The Football Complex fields are being replaced this spring, the Reser turf is scheduled to be replaced in late June.

The existing Reser Stadium FieldTurf surface has been in place since 2005. The new surface will extend from the boundaries behind the end zones and from each side of the playing field – the blacktop border that has existed for decades will now be covered with artificial turf for improved safety of the student-athletes.

The Reser Stadium and Pac-12 logos will be similar, although rotated to face the press box. Because the timing of the installation (contractually) will precede a final output by the Nike Graphic Identity process, the main logo and end zones will be painted for the 2012 season. A permanent logo and end zone graphics will be installed prior to 2013.

"This is an exciting project on many fronts," Beaver head coach Mike Riley said in a release. "In reality, we aren't able to use our practice facility to the extent we would like in its current form due to the field conditions in inclement weather; FieldTurf opens up many options for us that haven't been available, mainly giving us more practice space and the ability to be outdoors more often as well as adding a measure of safety for our student-athletes."

For the first time in OSU history, artificial turf will be installed at the Prothro Complex. The first phase of the construction began this week and will include removing the existing sod and irrigation system, followed by leveling of the field. The infrastructure for permanent lights will be installed prior to the FieldTurf. The field will be utilized primarily by the football team, followed by OSU's other intercollegiate teams and campus groups.

OSU said the original cost of the project was $3.2 million, but was reduced to $2.5 million by a gift donation of $700,000.

OSU Athletics will now feature FieldTurf facilities at the Truax Center (indoor practice facility), Goss Stadium at Coleman Field (infield), Reser Stadium, the Tommy Prothro Football Complex and the track facility.

OSU said the construction at both locations adds to the continuing improvements at OSU's athletic facilities. The track complex is currently under construction, a new playing surface is being installed at Lorenz Field (soccer) and the Student Success Center is near completion. OSU continues a fundraising effort for a basketball practice facility as well.

Make sure to join Beaver Nation at Fan Fest April 28 (details coming soon) at Reser Stadium. Season ticket holders have until April 20 to renew while new season ticket deposits will be accepted beginning at Fan Fest with a $50 non-refundable deposit per seat.

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