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Clearfield Bison Football Field & Tennis Court Renovations, 2012
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www.clearfieldfootball.org, is the official website of the Bison Football Quarterback Club
but is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the Clearfield Area School District
At the same time, the Tennis Courts were also being refurbished; these are from June 5th. ~
Official practices for Fall sports began on Monday August 13th, and the Bison Varsity was out on the new turf, even
as workers were still working on the fencing and other aspects of the renovation.
Pictures of that first practice are HERE .
From June 10th. ~ On the Press Box side the piles of aggregate had grown, the dump truck's on the other side, that's a picture of the dirt taken from the old field surface and then stored over by Waroquier's house and some big pipes ~
The Clearfield Bison Football Field has been renovated with a new FieldTurf ( Website ) surface ~
These are the first pictures of some of the new turf
now installed and one of the new goalposts - click ~
From June 19th. ~ There were some serious piles of aggregate on the main field area, some sort of stainless channels installed into the end zone, and some drainage moats carved into the perimeter of the complex ~
From June 30th. ~ There was a big pile of dirt in the southeast (scoreboard) end of the field ~ Dirt that they rolled out to level the surface ~
Last time around we had shown (inset) one of these structures on the scoreboard end, and along with some other sort of big concrete slab, here's another on the other side of the end zone and then another in the opposite end zone, but it seems that
one has been poured full of concrete already.
Electrical conduit emerges beneath the Home Grandstand, through a ditch from under the field. Don't know if this is for lights,
communication or for scorekeeping - or for something else ~ we know now that they are connections to the new press box
One of the first new features to appear in the project was this "curb" which separates the Football Field from the
surrounding track. Inset into the "curb" is the "SportsedgeXT" Slot Drain System ( Website HERE ). The third photo is a
perspective of the track / curb / field , looking toward the old scoreboard.~
And below, these are from June 5th. The excavation appeared to be complete and grade stakes were in place and a curb had been poured around the perimeter ~
Here we see the trail of drainage lines leading from the center of the field into the main drain in the "moat". ~
And some from July 15th ~ obviously now there's been a lot more traffic into and out of the courts, many of the fence posts
have been shorn of their chain link, the surface has been milled down some more and the Deere and the Bobcat have opened
some serious holes into the surface. In the fifth picture it's shown that two pieces of Formatube have been inserted into their
holes and which will be filled with concrete to support the net posts ( July 18 ).
July 15th - While this first series of shots show that some of the drainage areas have yet to be backfilled . . .
. . . other areas are at a more advanced state and some places look almost ready for the "rug"
This first bunch of pictures were taken on May 18th, 2012 when the project had only begun ~
( just after Lady Bison Softball beat eventual d9 Champs Punxs'y, 4-1 )
Now the fun begins . . . July 18th, workers began installation of the FieldTurf surface . . .
July 19th, while the LandTek workers continue laying the "rug", other construction was also under way . . .
. . new pads had been poured for under the
stadium steps, the fence posts separating the
track from the grandstand tilted crazily in
their new holes and the trucks were hauling excess dirt from the site . . .
. . . by around 1:30 the new turf had been
layed to beyond the west end of the home grandstand . . . and the final swath of green
is prepared for stitching.
. . . notice the white stripe of yardline
marker on the edge of this bolt above.
This sequence of pictures shows the field from east to west, around 1:45 . . .
The last swath of green is flipped over and stretched and the first bolt of the west end zone is brought into place . . .
The FieldTurf surface was applied to the Bison's new field by the LandTek Group, Inc. of Amityville NY.
Other projects that the company has tackled include New York's CitiField (NY Mets), the Meadowlands
(NY Giants and Jets), Adelphi, Columbia, CW Post, Hofstra, St. John's, St. Joseph's and Stony Brook Universities,
and Iona Prep School, all in the metropolitan New York Area, as well as turf landscaping at JFK Airport.
So I guess our Bison find themselves in some pretty respectable company.
Visit LandTek's website and view these projects and others by clicking the logo ~
VIDEO starting June 10th and updated July 15th , 18th and 19th is below . . .
July 22nd, around 12:30, the work continues apace, with the fence posts now at attention, the yard markers in place and the various logos being added . . .
. . . . and these are from later the same afternoon and courtesy of Dave Semelsberger. The first four are of the big pit behind
the stadium where we showed a truck being loaded a couple days back. Apparently this is some kind of cistern for the drainage system. Those who know more are welcome to chime in. The rest of Dave's pictures are of the field from various angles, mostly from the home grandstand and the logo work more advanced than above.
July 24th, finishing touches . . .
A nice aerial photo by Dave Glass is at ~
The role of
in the project
Some "firsts" -
The Finished Product !
The above video concludes "to be continued" but that was put on there before I knew
that Rick Bunning was going to give me the bum's rush