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Stankowski Field set to reopen Monday

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 5:42 p.m. CDT
Construction workers clean and put finishing touches on new fencing surrounding MU's Stankowski Field on Thursday afternoon.

COLUMBIA—Stankowski Field is expected to reopen Monday, despite weather delays, said Larry Bennett, senior associate director for facilities at MizzouRec Services.

MizzouRec officials pushed back the opening one week after rain hindered construction.

"It rained here virtually every day for two weeks," Bennett said. "It came at the worst time."

Construction upgrades at Stankowski Field began May 19 with the primary goal of resurfacing the track’s surface. Additional improvements include: dirt work to resolve drainage issues, fencing upgrades, and kickboard installation for use by soccer players.

Bennett said each layer of the track's three-layer system requires dry conditions before a new layer can be added, and rain kept the site too wet to continue work.

Construction workers plan to paint stripes on the track surrounding the field this week, Bennett said.

"As of now, it does appear we can open sometime this Monday," Bennett said. "We're going to do more of a soft reopening; it won't be a major event."

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 22, weather permitting, Bennett said.

Student fees funded the field's upgrades, which cost about $1.2 million.

"We think we're going to be coming out at less than $1.2 million for the entire project," Bennett said.

For the fall semester, both undergraduate and graduate MU campus students enrolled in more than 6 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters pay a flat-rate $138.69 recreation facility fee.

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.


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