May 7, 2004
Work is complete inside of Doak S. Campbell Stadium to replace the 20-year old drainage system.
Two new state-of-the-art gravity drainage systems have been installed in the stadium along with approximately 18 inches of sand and soil. 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 was built to USGA green standards and sodded with 419 Tiftway Bermuda grass. FSU used the old sod and re-planted it at several venues.
FSU had 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 old 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.”