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Ohio Stadium Upgrades Under Way
By John Porentas

The announced improvements and renovations of Ohio Stadium are well under way.

Plans to install permanent field lighting, expand South Stands by 2,600 seats, install a tunnel for the team entrance to the field, waterproof and repair concrete in A-deck, and installation of new field turf are in process under the direction of Don Patko, associate director of athletics facilities. Patko says the project is currently on schedule to be complete by the home opener next season.

The costs include between 8 and 9 million for the lighting, seating expansion, concrete repair and tunnel construction. The new field, however, is a relative bargain at just 162,000, a fraction of what the field originally cost eight years ago.

The field is now eight years into what is expected to be an 8-10 year life span. Rather than put off replacement for two years, Patko elected to do it now because the university is currently replacing two other fields. They are the lacrosse practice field and the field at the indoor facility at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The cost savings of doing the stadium now while the installation crews are on campus for the other projects helped make the new stadium field a relative bargain.

The second cost savings arises from recycling the two-inch layer of rubber of sand that was installed with the original field turf. That layer provides the footing and cushioning for the field and is a major cost in field installation. Instead of removing and discarding the old layer, it was "harvested" and stored in over 300 large bags now located in the end zones of Ohio Stadium.

The expansion of South Stands is under way.
Photo by John Porenas
Workers use power-washing equipment to remove the old waterproofing coating from the concrete in A-deck.
Photo by John Porentas
A closer view of the concrete coating removal process.
Photo by John Porentas
It takes a lot of water to remove the coating. The worker's yellow rain gear can barely be seen in the upper-left corner of the photo through the cloud of mist.
Photo by John Porentas
Some of the over 300 bags storing the rubber and sand layer from the old turf until it will be reinstalled with the new turf. These bags are in the south end zone. There are a few more in the north end zone. as well.
Photo by John Porentas
Closer view of the rubber and sand material to be reinstalled.
Photo by John Porentas
The logos and numbers are being re-applied to the field. They are done by hand, one at a time. The B1G is half done.
Photo by John Porentas
Workers install the 30-yard number on the east sideline as newsmen film the progress.
Photo by John Porentas
Closer view of the gluing process to install the numbers.
Photo by John Porentas

 

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