New turf for UPEI soccer field unlikely for CIS event: Schurman

Jason Malloy
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Replacing the turf at UPEI’s soccer field for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship is unlikely to happen given fiscal realities, said athletic director Billy Schurman.

But he added it would not impact UPEI from hosting the national championship from Nov. 6 to 9

“There was some rumour that it was tied into the bid, but I have confirmed that is not the case,” said Schurman. “Our turf is not that bad. Would we like to replace it? Absolutely.”

Replacing the turf is estimated to cost about $500,000 and take six to eight weeks, assuming the base under the turf is OK.

The university has $100,000 in a reserve account for its replacement.

It has had discussions with various potential partners to secure funding for the project.

The turf was installed for the facility’s opening in the fall of 2005.

Schurman said it would be soliciting prices for replacing its scoreboard for the fall.

It will also look at moving it to a new location, possibly behind the benches, and the possibility of sponsorship.

Ron Annear is the department representative working with the host committee for the national championship.

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