Newberry to renovate Setzler Field
NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $2.3 million phase one renovation project for historic Setzler Field.
The project will include an Athletic Performance Center in the north end zone, improved guest accommodations and expanded sports medicine facilities.
“We are thrilled to begin the stadium project, which will bring a host of benefits to our campus,” President Maurice Scherrens said. “None of this could be possible without contributions from our alumni and friends. We are hopeful that we will be able to announce commencement of phase two, our East Building, in the near future.”
Construction on the 6,750-square-foot performance center will begin this fall, with completion expected next summer, in time for the 2020 football and field hockey seasons. The center will include a 3,000-square-foot weight room and 2,000 square feet of athletic training space, along with a medical examination room, office space, a locker room for game officials and public restrooms.
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Work has already begun on the stadium’s restrooms after the existing building was demolished last week. It will be replaced with an air-conditioned, temporary structure and landscaping for the upcoming season.
The field will also receive new LED lighting, replacing existing light poles and providing more, energy-efficient light for events.
The college has tentatively planned a groundbreaking ceremony for Sept. 13, a day before the football team’s home opener against Florida Tech.