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New turf at Shepherd stadium to be ready by spring

Installation of playing surface costing school $924,000

Installation of playing surface costing school $924,000

February 27, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Members of the Shepherd University football team are about to sink their cleats into some of the best turf in the business.

Since Jan. 3, workers have been installing a new artificial turf at the 8-year-old Ram Stadium along W.Va. 480, and the new surface is expected to be ready when the football team begins spring practice in April, Chip Ransom, Shepherd's sports information director, said Tuesday.

Shepherd officials decided to put an artificial surface on the field after dealing with water drainage problems at the 5,000-seat stadium, Ransom said.

The turf being installed on the field is known as FieldTurf and is considered to be one of the best artificial surfaces, Ransom said.

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Only a handful of schools in Shepherd's league have a surface like it, Ransom said.

The turf is costing the school about $924,000 to install, and is being paid for with school funds and private donations, Ransom said.

Ransom said some money still needs to be raised to pay for the work, although he did not have exact numbers.

A FieldTurf Web site features a story about an artificial turf job at Ohio State's Ohio Stadium that is expected to save the school between $50,000 and $80,000 in operational costs.

The turf on that field has a system where water is drained from the field and sent to a water collection system, according to the Web site story.

Artificial turf has been installed at several Tri-State area high schools, including North Hagerstown, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Chambersburg, Pa.

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