Marco Battaglia Football Practice Complex Update, Video Tour

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Scarlet Report gives Rutgers fans an inside look at the progress on the Marco Battaglia Football Practice Complex construction.

Approximately six weeks away from the grand opening of the Battaglia Football Practice Complex, Rutgers and the Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corporation invited reporters for a tour of the progress.

The sod installation, Kentucky Bluegrass, was the focus of the tour but Scarlet Report has the highlights of a 30 minute on-site viewing.

  • President and CEO Paul Natoli led the media tour alongside super Gil Francini. Their passion for New Jersey is clear. Both men worked on the crew that built Yurcack Field during the massive facility constructions of the early 1990s.

  • “We're proud to be a part of this,” Natoli said. “This is a big deal for the football and lacrosse programs. … This is the rise of the Rutgers football program. We're born and raised in New Jersey, been around Rutgers, had a lot of friends. This is one of our most important customers. To be a part of this huge rise in the program is a great sense of accomplishment.”

  • Natoli Construction's other past projects include Statue of Liberty renovations, Ellis Island work and the facility overhaul at Delbarton High School.

  • Natoli has Big Ten passion as a long-time Rutgers follower and Purdue University graduate.

  • The new light system is already installed at the Battaglia Practice Complex. The 100 foot-candle lights are two to four times as powerful as average athletic fields, Natoli said.

  • Between the new irrigation system and sod installation, Monday night's massive storm was a welcome one for the construction crew, Francini said. The crew begins work at approximately 5 a.m. Daily.

  • The majority of brick wall construction is complete, with fencing and scoreboards as the next steps after sod. There will be two scoreboards, one between fields and the other as a dual-video board on the corner of Sutphen Road and Scarlet Knight Way.

  • For traditionalists, there is good news. Many features of the old practice field will remain, including the bleachers for fan/media viewing and Piscataway Beach. “Piscataway Beach” is the sand pit often used in the Greg Schiano era for “character building.”

  • The project, born via massive donation from Jeff and Amy Towers, is on time for the start of training camp.

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