Field Turf Going Down on Hollett Little Giant Stadium

Howard Hewitt – Aug. 9, 2010 – Workers from Field Turf arrived early Monday morning and for the first time since early summer left showing green on Hollett Little Giant Stadium.

The five-yard wide pieces of turf will start going down at a faster pace tomorrow. This morning workers finished marking the field and transporting all of the rolls of turf to the field making them ready for installation.

Mark Sanchez, the foreman in charge of the Wabash College installation, talked about how the process works. 

The sight of green over the gravel was enough to lure several onlookers including Head Football Coach Erik Raeburn, Athletic Director Tom Bambrey and other school officials.

Check Kyle Bender’s two photo albums from today’s progress here and here.

When the project is complete, we’ll have a very cool time-lapse video to show most of the construction – start to finish – which has been headed up by Media Center Director Adam Bowen and his summer intern Adam Phipps.

Turf Crew Expected in Monday Morning

Friday Update There isn’t much news today on the football field construction front. A crew is removing the ramp that allowed heavy machinery to move over the running track. The scoreboard is about 80 percent complete with some trim and signage yet to go.

What we did learn this morning is the FieldTurf crew is putting finishing touches on a field installation in Michigan and expected to arrive Monday morning to start on Hollett Little Giant Stadium. The turf is here, the field is ready for installation.

Kyle Bender ’12 – Turf arrived Thursday morning around 9:00 a.m. Check back often to see extended coverage of the progress over the next few days. 

The preseason 24th ranked (by Little Giants open the season on Saturday, September 11 at home against the College of Wooster. 
Check out the field’s progress in photos: Thursday morning, click here; Thursday afternoon, click here

Successful Grade Inspection

Kyle Bender ’12 – The grade inspector came and went Wednesday and the crew was given the go ahead to proceed with laying turf!

The turf company requires the field’s grade be inspected before delivery and as final inspections were being made in the afternoon, the turf was in transit from an Indianapolis warehouse. 

Battling heat reaching upper 90s, the crew spent most of Wednesday working on the new scoreboard. A support beam was welded for the message board located under the clock. For a look at the day’s progress, click here.
Another update and album will be posted tomorrow.

New Baseball Pictures

Kyle Bender ’12 – Just in the past week, construction crews have completed drainage work and made significant excavation progress to the new baseball field. 

For an updated album, click here.

While the baseball site recently lost its green grass, the football field will soon have green turf as early as Wednesday morning. 
Check back soon for a glimpse of what the future playing surface of the Wabash football team will look like.