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GFU field nears completion as first game looms Sept. 6

DIII football — Stoffer Family Stadium set to be completed in time for August practices


With the final touches to the artificial turf field and new track completed, the George Fox University football team will be able to practice at its new home, the Stoffer Family Stadium, when athletes begin reporting to campus for physicals Aug. 12.

The only major components of the project remaining are the installation of the video scoreboard and the construction of uncovered bleachers on either side of the main grandstands and press box.

Work on those areas has already begun and is expected to be completed in time for the Bruins to host their first football game in more than four decades when first-year program Arizona Christian comes to Newberg Sept. 6. by: SETH GORDON - Ready for football - Field Turf employee Jake Robert fills the artificial turf at the Stoffer Family Stadium July 17. With the field completed, constructing the uncovered grandstands and installing the video scoreboard are the final projects remaining to be completed before the George Fox football team hosts Arizona Christian Sept. 6.

The covered grandstands have a capacity of 1,200, but the addition of the two uncovered bleachers will increase total seating to more than 2,800, according to athletic director Craig Taylor.

The installation of the football field has altered the configuration of the track and field complex, most notably that the cage and ring for the hammer throw have been moved off site.

George Fox is constructing a competition area for the hammer at the Austin Sports Complex, adjacent to the east end of the soccer field.

“We’re hopefully going to have a practice area out there for javelin, too,” Taylor said. “We want to be able to practice all of our throwing events out there because during the fall with football practice going on the field, we were trying to find an off-site practice area that ended up there.”

Excavation for that project is already done, but installation of the rings and cage have not been completed.

“The topsoil is down and there is some final grading to do out there,” Taylor said. “As soon as the conditions are optimal, our plant services people will seed that.”

Both the javelin and discus will remain at the stadium and utilize the turf field. Taylor said that during practice the team will use rubber tips on its javelins to minimize damage to the field, but will throw without them during competition.

“Willamette (University) and others do that,” Taylor said. “People worry that the javelin will poke a hole in that carpet, but it doesn’t. Because of the infield the tip never actually gets to the matting.”

Other changes to the track set up include moving the long and triple jump ramps and pits from the west side of the field to the east, where the pole vault is already located.



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