Pruitt Field Construction To Cost Additional $540K

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Construction on Pruitt Field, Ohio University's field hockey pitch, has been delayed and will cost an extra $540,000.

The project was slated to cost $1.75 million, but instead will cost the $2.29 million.

The new resolution, presented to the board for the first time Thursday, passed unanimously.

The extra money for the project will come from University reserves ($500,000) and from the athletic department's operating funds ($40,000). The bulk of the money ($1.75 million) comes from state funds.

Concerns were first raised when the field turf was pulled up and workers found that the drainage system below was not functioning properly.

The school's consultants recommended overhauling the whole drainage system, according to Harry Wyatt, associate vice president for facilities.

The project will now include a replacement of the gravel below the field and the entire underbelly of the field.

Wyatt also stated the school was "fortunate" to not have the same issues when turf was replaced at Peden Stadium, the home of the Bobcat football team. The drainage system under the football field's turf was functioning correctly.