LSU resurfacing, installing drainage to football practice fields in a $485,000 project expected to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Receiver Malachi Dupre meets Jamal Adams in a one-on-one drill at the Charles McClendon practice fields last August.

LSU plans to resurface two of its four outdoor football practice fields and install a drainage and irrigation system underneath both.

The $485,000 project is expected to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents at its next meeting Monday. A timeline and start date for the project has not been determined, said Eddie Nunez, LSU’s senior associate athletic director.

LSU begins spring practice on March 7. The spring game is set for April 18. Nunez said the project will “probably” begin after spring practice, giving the fields three full summer months to grow in preparation for fall camp.

Nunez calls the project “typical maintenance” on fields that take a near year-around beating from fall practice, individual workouts and spring drills. Field No. 2 will receive new sod, while field No. 3 will get new grass.

The school will install a drainage and irrigation system under each surface.

“The existing fields have poor drainage which significantly limits their usage for football practice,” according to the Louisiana Board of Regents agenda. “After rain events, the fields are not playable for multiple days at a time.”

LSU has five total practice fields, including the indoor field. Two – the indoor field and one outdoor field – are artificial turf. The school has discussed installing artificial turf on at least one other outdoor field, but coach Les Miles prefers to have three outdoor real grass fields.

“He likes to have a third because he rotates his practices on those three fields,” Nunez said.

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