Stankowski Field opens for fall semester

Monday, August 19, 2013 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 6:50 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
MU Sophomore Dax Dollens runs the newly-renovated track Monday at Stankowski Field. Dollens said he likes the new track. "It's a lot quicker, a lot easier on your body," he said.

COLUMBIA — After three months of construction and some weather delays, Stankowski Field reopened Monday afternoon for the fall semester.

The field had been closed since May 19, when Mizzou Recreational Services began working on the complex. Refurbishing the surrounding track was the main target of the project, but recreational services also improved the field's fencing, added kick boards for soccer players and resolved drainage problems with updated dirt works.

The field could be used on Monday, but Larry Bennett, the senior associate director for recreational services, said a more official opening is set for 3 p.m. Thursday. He called Monday's unveiling a "soft opening."

The event, which will feature prize giveaways, will focus on thanking students and the businesses that helped plan and construct the renovations, Bennett said.

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