WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America Athletics Department has announced several capital improvements that will take place this summer and be ready for the Fall 2016 season. New field turf and track will be installed at Cardinal Stadium, while the Hanley Family Weight Room will also be overhauled.
The renovations begin today, Monday, May 16, closing both venues for construction until its completion on Tuesday, August 16.
Students are encouraged to use the Kane Fitness center for work out needs. Summer hours are in effect as the facility is open Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New, state-of-the-art FieldTurf Revolution 360 will be installed at Cardinal Stadium. This synthetic material is named after the concept of completeness as the Revolution 360 fiber features optimal durability, resilience and feel. "It is the first complete fiber," as stated by FieldTurf.
The installation will ensure optimal performance over the years to come for all of Catholic's field sports including: football, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's soccer.
In addition, Catholic will install an IAAF-certified BSS 300 running track. The track is noted as a durable, all-weather, flood and chip sandwich system with excellent shock absorption and the highest return of energy. It's impermeable, resilient, and fast, as noted by BSS. The Dual Durometer Sandwich system features a paved-in-place polyurethane basemat, topped with a two-component seal coat and finished with a flow-applied layer of two-component polyurethane and embedded or encapsulated texture.
To go along with a new track, Catholic will also create new runways and pits for long jump, triple jump and pole vault.
Finally, the Hanley Family Weight Room will undergo a complete upgrade. Along with replacing the flooring, new performance precore half racks will be installed to ensure student-athletes and the campus community have the necessary equipment to train at a high level. Also, all dumb bells and weights will be upgraded to umax rubber to ensure the safety of all of those using the weight room.
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