De Baun Athletic Complex Resurfacing Project Completed
HOBOKEN, N.J. (August 20, 2007) – Following nine months of planning and two months of work on the field, the resurfacing of the De Baun Athletic Complex at Stevens Institute of Technology was completed on August 19. Over the course of the next few months, the Institute will continue to make improvements to the complex with the installation of two brand-new dugouts as well as a limited number of premium, on-field seats for baseball games.
The completion of the resurfacing project came just in time for the start of preseason training for three of the Ducks’ varsity sports – men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey. In fact, the field hockey practice at 7 a.m. on Monday marked the first official event on the field.
Since 2001, the De Baun Athletic Complex had been covered by a NeXturf synthetic surface. Following years of excessive use by the varsity teams, intramural and club sports as well as general recreation, the field had become worn.
Last fall, officials at Stevens began an intense nine-month planning process to determine the best option for the school. After meeting with a number of different vendors, Stevens opted to go with industry leader FieldTurf, which has been used at a number of NFL stadiums (Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams).
Since its first high-profile installation at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium in 1997, FieldTurf has become the No. 1 choice at a number of top-level Division I institutions. Currently, FieldTurf is installed at over 300 universities from coast to coast, including Boston College, Louisville, Navy, Oregon, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Washington and Wisconsin.
A photo gallery – complete with pictures of the demolition, installation and completion of the field – can be seen at www.stevensducks.com/DeBaun.asp.
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