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Olivet College approves nearly $1 million for outdoor athletic facilities
Mar 31, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. – The Olivet College Board of Trustees has approved nearly $1 million in enhancements for some of the colleges outdoor athletic facilities, including installation of a synthetic playing surface at the football stadium. Other stadium modifications include a new press box, installing lights, upgrading the home bleachers, as well as additional fencing and pavement around the new field. The project also calls for improvements at the baseball and softball complexes, including a press box and concession/restroom area. Work on the field is scheduled to begin the first week of April.

Financing for the projects was made possible through the colleges ongoing Heritage Campaign: Responsible Liberal Arts, a fund-raising program designed to inject resources and support toward three major aims of the college: academic excellence, athletic achievement and campus improvement. Through the campaign, Dave Cutler, a 1965 Olivet graduate, made a generous gift to the college and also initiated two successful $250,000 matching challenge grants for the projects.

This is a very exciting time for Olivet College, said President Don Tuski. As a result of the generosity of Dave Cutler and many other alumni and friends, Olivet will be able to offer a much improved venue for games and practices for several of our athletic teams as well as our intramural program. Co-curricular activities such as student organizations and athletics are vital to the Olivet educational experience and this new field will allow us to enhance our offerings.

General Sports Turf (GST), based in Rochester, has been awarded the playing surface project, which will include removal of the old grass surface, excavation of the field and laying of the new turf. The new field will consist of GSTs GameDay Grass MP, a highly durable, low maintenance surface which is made of recycled crumb rubber under a layer of special yarn designed to give the field a natural feel.


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