Homewood Field to Get a Face-Lift
By Amy Cowles
After a season of face-offs, Homewood Field will be
getting a face-lift that will close the stadium from late
May through mid-August. During that time, the existing turf
will be replaced with a state-of-the-art, infilled
synthetic turf system that is less likely to cause
injuries. The new playing surface will be expanded to meet
NCAA regulations for soccer so that Johns Hopkins will be
eligible to host games during post-season tournaments. A
new fence will surround the turf, and safety nets will be
added to both ends of the field. A new drainage system will
also be installed.
To accommodate the bigger field, the track will be
eliminated. A new track is in the works, but a site has not
been determined. The area outside the field's fence will be
paved and available to recreational users, though it won't
be a cushioned track at a standardized distance.
The field will close on Sunday, May 22, to prepare for
commencement ceremonies taking place that Wednesday through
Friday. Field construction will begin on Tuesday, May 31.
Construction crews will be on site for 12-hour days, Monday
through Saturday, through Aug. 13. The most noise and
activity will take place through July 1. All construction
vehicles will be contained to the footprint of the
Homewood Field is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Aug.
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