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Rose-Hulman installs synthetic turf

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Synthetic turf has been installed on a multipurpose field at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the school’s latest upgrade to campus facilities. The entire cost of the project was covered by a gift from an anonymous donor who has been a longtime supporter of Fightin’ Engineers athletic programs. 

“Thanks to the continued generosity from this specific donor, we’re thrilled to be able to add another valuable asset to our campus,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons. “Athletics, recreational sports and intramurals are important elements to our student life and campus experiences, promoting and supporting overall student health and wellness. This new field, along with other facility enhancements, is further evidence of our donor’s commitments to assist us in meeting the growing needs of our students, by providing new state-of-the-art facilities that will generate long-term cost savings.”    

The field, on the northeast corner of campus, has had several uses over the years, including most recently hosting practice and matches for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, along with intramural and recreational events. Director of recreation sports and athletic facilities Seth Woodason says excessive use had made the field difficult to maintain. He says a shock pad was placed underneath the turf and drainage was also improved on the field. Construction began in late May of this year and was completed on Aug. 18.