It’s been almost two weeks since we last took a ride over to the stadium to check on the progress on the Marco Battaglia Football Practice Facility. And we are a little less than a month away from the official dedication of the facility, a gift of Jeff and Amy Towers, on August 6. By the way, the dedication is open to the public, but you need to register by clicking here.
Our last gallery showed a good deal of progress: you can see those photos here. But let’s get started on this tour. And, as they sang in the Sound of Music, let’s start at the very beginning -- the new entrance way.
The concrete steps are poured and setting and it looks more and more like a Big Ten facility should look.
Swing out onto Sutphen Road and look down past the Visitors Center. The brick wall continues out from the entranceway, the brick pylons are getting finished and the fencing surrounding the turf field is getting finished as well.
The new turf fields are getting plenty of water and roots are taking hold. They do look nice! Oh, and what is that in the background? Yeah, the storage/maintenance building is getting walls put up on the steel frames.
And it is a steel structure. No problem with that; it’s a service building, not for show. And it’s supposed to have bathrooms in it for players and staff. A functional building can be steel. Don’t worry, I’ve got a closer look for you.
And from the top of those steps, looking back towards Scarlet Knight Way and the new entrance to the facility.
And a little closer look....
One last item: the video towers. They still haven’t been erected, but it looks like they’re ready to pour the concrete slabs that will support the towers. Framing is in -- at least that is what it looks like to me. Any engineers or contractors have a thought?
There’s still a lot to do and we’ll try to get back over to document it for you. Until then, enjoy!