New turf project at USM's Pride Field underway

New turf project at USM's Pride Field underway

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Work is continuing at the University of Southern Mississippi to install synthetic turf on Pride Field.

The $1.3 million project began two weeks ago and will involve the construction of two, 80-yard fields for use by the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and several recreational sports teams.

Currently, the field is being leveled and drainage work will be done before the turf is laid.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

"It's maintenance-friendly turf, it's the same type of turf you'll find at M.M. Roberts Stadium," said Chris Crenshaw, assistant vice president for facilities, planning and management at Southern Miss. "The life span will be somewhere between ten and twelve years."

Other phases of work already completed at Pride Field include lighting and construction of a new band tower.