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Buckeyes report for 2010 season Friday, official opening will be Sept. 3 with ceremony before first home game

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The turf is being rolled out and final touches are being put on the new Buckeye Varsity Field on the Ohio State campus. Home to the 2009 NCAA participant Buckeye field hockey team, construction on the field started this summer and should be complete next week just as the team begins preparations for the 2010 season.

After putting down layers of gravel and porous asphalt, installation of 3/8″ closed-cell perforated foam pad was completed before the AstroTurf® 12 knitted nylon turf was unrolled starting Monday. A few thunderstorms passing through the Columbus area this week slowed the process slightly, but the hardworking crew maintained a strong pace and the field should be ready for the team next week.

“This is such a great time for Ohio State field hockey,” Anne Wilkinson, who is beginning her 15th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “We are so excited for this new field and starting a new era of Buckeye field hockey.”

Ohio State has taken full advantage of its home field in the past with a record of 53-19 (.736) in the last nine years at North Turf Field, the previous home for the team. The Buckeyes look to keep that rolling in their new facility.

The grand opening of the new 500-seat Buckeye Varsity Field will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 in a non-conference game against Syracuse. A ceremony will be held prior to the game at 2:45 p.m. and Ohio State field hockey alumni are encouraged to attend.

The old North Turf Field was placed between football practice fields, but Buckeye Varsity Field is further north along Olentangy River Road to the other side of the Stickney Tennis Center, the outdoor courts of Ohio State’s tennis teams.

Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for more information about the 2010 field hockey team and Buckeye Varsity Field.