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December 14, 2012

CCU Board of Trustees approves turf for Brooks Stadium

The Coastal Carolina Board of Trustees voted to approve the installation of a turf field inside Brooks Stadium during their session Friday.

That doesn't necessarily mean the new playing surface is imminent, however.

The vote simply gave CCU athletic director Hunter Yurachek approval to move forward with the process once the funds are raised. That money hasn't been identified yet, though, and the project is expected to cost a little less than $1 million, according to Yurachek.

"The football coaching staff has identified turfing the field would help reach their long-term goals of competing on a national level, and the Board of Trustees supported that vision by voting for this. I will immediately begin working with the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation to identify donors to get this project completed," Yurachek said in a statement relayed through associate athletic director for media relations Mike Cawood. 

There are two windows to get the project done before next season -- from January to March before the Chants begin spring practice or from May to July after spring practice and before they launch fall camp.

Yurachek had previously been asked by the Board of Trustees back in October to evaluate the benefits of installing the FieldTurf product.

For what it's worth, the Coastal football team is 6-18 all-time on turf. The benefit, though, is the synthetic surface's ability to drain water and allow the team a better option for practice on rainy days instead of having to move inside to the baseball and softball hitting facility. 

The addition of FieldTurf would also allow the stadium to be used by other teams and for other sporting events, such as hosting high school all-star and championship games. 

| Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com

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