University to Replace Artificial Turf in Holuba Hall

By Alex Novak, Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State will move forward with a project to replace the artificial turf and correct storm water drainage problems in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus, according to a report given to the University’s Board of Trustees.

Holuba Hall is primarily the indoor practice facility for the Penn State football team, but it also serves as a practice and competition facility for everything from indoor golf and softball practice to lacrosse competitions and soccer workouts. The 118,000-square-foot facility was constructed in 1986 and named after Stanley Holuba in January of 1987 in recognition of his philanthropic contributions.

In addition to replacing the existing turf with newer artificial field technology, the numbering and striping layout will change from two 80-yard fields side by side to one 120-yard field. The project also includes replacing a section of concrete slab to correct storm water flow into an existing trench drain. New all-season awnings will prevent rainwater from entering the building when the south-facing overhead doors are open. The cost estimate for this project is $1.5 million, which will be paid for from Intercollegiate Athletics self-supporting funds.

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