Southeast Missouri State University has begun replacing its grass recreational fields with nearly 163,000 square feet of synthetic turf to provide a new, year-round sporting experience for students. Director of Recreation Services Mike Buck says work is scheduled to be completed by early August at a cost of more than $1 million. Buck says that recreation services is footing the bill out of its fund balance. The Sprigg Street field will provide 87,288 square feet of turf. The Bertling Street field will have a 75,576-square-foot playing surface. Buck tells KZIM KSIM what the fields will be used for and the benefits.
Shaw Sports Turf is installing the turf, which will be tough enough to accommodate sports activities such as soccer, baseball, softball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee and even cricket. Buck says the turf will be installed over a foundation of dirt and rock and the new fields also will drain better, allowing them to be used even in the rain. He says the rubber-based turf will have to be replaced in 12 to 14 years.