When football and soccer players soon report to Maine Maritime Academy for the start of preseason practices, they’ll be greeted by new artificial turf on their home field.
Installation of the new surface by Sprinturf at Ritchie Field on the Castine campus was completed earlier this week, MMA athletic director Steve Peed said.
Sprinturf also installed the previous turf, which lasted for 13 years. Work to install the new surface began in mid-July.
“It was a rapid process,” he added. “The same company that won the bid to put in the last edition in put this edition in, and it’s the same product to some extent.
“I tell people we’re going from a 2006 Chevy Equinox to a 2018 Chevy Equinox. It’s pretty much the same stuff.”
The $274,000 replacement project marks the third edition of artificial turf to be installed at Ritchie Field, home to the Mariners’ football, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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