Defiance Set to Install Field Turf Inside Coressel Stadium

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The Defiance College athletics department announced on Tuesday that it would install a synthetic field turf surface at Justin F. Coressel Stadium. The project is set to begin immediately and will be the latest in a string of upgrades to the athletics facilities at DC.

"We are excited to be doing this project," said Defiance College President Mark Gordon. "I see this as a vote of confidence in the lacrosse and football programs here at DC. We have outstanding coaches and student-athletes here whom we are very pleased to invest in through this project."

The UBU turf will be installed by Maumee Bay Turf Center and is expected to be finished before the start of DC's inaugural men's lacrosse campaign in the spring of 2013. The men's and women's lacrosse teams are expected to break in the new surface on March 2, when the ladies host Baldwin-Wallace at 11:00 am for a club match, before the men follow with a varsity contest against Calvin at 1:00 pm.

Along with the new turf playing surface for the football and lacrosse programs, the field will also provide another outdoor practice surface for several Yellow Jacket sports and will be capable of hosting soccer and field hockey contests. Other updates to the facility will include a resurfaced javelin, shot put and high jump area for the track and field programs.

The Justin F. Coressel Stadium upgrades are the latest improvements to the athletics facilities at Defiance College. Over the past 14 months, DC has opened the George M. Smart Athletic Center, resurfaced the Dix Outdoor Tennis Facility and completed the renovation inside the Karl H. Weaner Community Center with the installation of new bleachers and a refinished floor.