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Rutgers Approves $8.5 Million in Renovations to Football Practice Fields

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — An overhaul of Rutgers University’s football practice fields is expected to run $8.5 million, according to a resolution approved this week by the Board of Governors.

An “anonymous gift” will cover $5 million of the tab, according to the document. TAPinto New Brunswick previously reported that Jeff and Amy Towers, two prominent Rutgers boosters, donated the money as part of the R Big Ten Build Campaign, a university athletics donation drive.

School officials expect the remaining $3.5 million to come from fundraising, resulting in “no additional debt” to Rutgers, according to the resolution.

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The football team is expected to begin practicing in the new complex this August, the athletics department announced late last year.

Improvements include two new grass fields, goal posts, a video board, scoreboards, game clocks, film towers, LED lighting and more. A new entrance featuring revamped landscaping and fencing will welcome visitors to the 364,000-square-foot facility, according to the university.

“It will also be a great asset as we recruit the nation’s best and continue to make strides towards building Rutgers into a championship contender in the Big Ten,” Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs said in a statement in December.

An existing synthetic field will remain on site. Rutgers men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and the football squad intend to practice on that field, according to a project summary.

Renovations are slated to begin in the spring, the athletics department has said.

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