Feb. 20, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State Athletic Director Dave Hart announced Friday that work will begin as early as next week to rebuild the field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. The estimated cost of $800,000 had already received the approval of the Executive Committee of the FSU athletic board and funding was formally approved Friday by the Executive Board of Seminole Boosters, Inc.
FSU will excavate the entire field area within Doak S. Campbell Stadium removing the over 20-year old drainage system along with approximately 18 inches of sand and soil. Two new state-of-the-art gravity drainage systems will be installed in the stadium. One system will be designed to evacuate water coming from the stands and a separate system will process the water falling on the field itself.
The new field will be built to USGA green standards and will be sodded with 419 Tiftway Bermuda grass once the drainage system is in place. FSU is already in the process of removing the current sod and re-planting it at several venues.
FSU has been investigating resolutions to the drainage problem that surfaced last October when steady rain turned the field into a quagmire during the football game against Miami. The drainage system was examined by experts using robotic cameras which showed the existing pipes were no longer draining the water.
“I’m glad we know the problem and can solve it,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We’ve had a great playing surface that drained well for a long time and it’s important that we get back to that.”
The rebuilding of the field will force the annual spring game on April 3 to move to Gene Cox Stadium.