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.
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.