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NORMAL - Illinois State's Hancock Stadium and Redbird Arena could have a new look in the future.

The school's Board of Trustees will vote today at its meeting whether to replace the artificial turf at Hancock Stadium and the scoreboards and message centers at Redbird Arena.

The two projects, if approved, are estimated to cost $2.75 million.

The artificial turf currently at Hancock Stadium was installed four years ago and the manufacturers are now out of business, resulting in the loss of warranty on the turf. Without the warranty support, the turf has had continuing performance problems.

Hancock Stadium serves as a resource for ISU football, Campus Recreation Services, the school of Kinesiology and Recreation, high school events, music camps and Special Olympics.

The project, estimated to cost $1.5 million, would remove the existing playing surface and padding as well as the underlying asphalt and concrete apron surrounding the field. Surface drainage would be improved with the installation of a new underground drainage system.

Construction would begin in the spring of 2007 and would be completed prior to the start of the football season that year. By the time the project would be completed, the current turf would have served for five of the anticipated eight years.

The scoreboards and message centers at Redbird Arena and Hancock Stadium, all 10 years old or more, are becoming obsolete and no longer function reliably.

The project would replace the scoreboard over the main court of the arena along with the message centers placed in the upper level seating, and the scoreboards at the north and south ends of Hancock Stadium. The Main Street message center would be replaced and enlarged.

All boards would be controlled from a central location. The project would begin this fall and be completed in the spring of 2007 at a cost of $1.25 million.


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