DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced Sept. 9 that the renovation of the Paul Sweet Oval is progressing nicely and closing in on completion.
To date, new lighting fixtures have been hung and the entire indoor track has been given a coat of fresh paint from floor to ceiling in the school’s white, navy blue and gray colors. Areas of the track have begun to be removed and replaced to reinforce the throws area and give the new surface a better area to bond to.
Two items remain on the to-do list: the laying of the track surface and the installation of windows. The infield surface, once comprised of dirt, will be made of a polymer rubber called Mondo Super X, while the track will be Mondo FTX – the same surface used in Olympic stadiums, including the Bird’s Nest at the recently completed Beijing Olympics. Fourteen windows that were covered over with bricks in 1979 will be uncovered, removed and replaced with architecturally-correct windows, once again letting natural light into the facility. The window replacement will echo the original architecture of the 1930s construction. If funding allows, the current unisex bathroom will be completely renovated and replaced with brand new men’s and women’s bathrooms. Also, aesthetic enhancements such as graphics, recognition boards, record boards and a suitable foyer are hoped for, predicated on the raising of funds.
Check back periodically at www.unhwildcats.com for more photos and updates on the Paul Sweet Oval Renovation Project. For more information on the project, contact coach Jim Boulanger via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (603) 862-3888.
UPDATE (Sept. 11): The bricks covering the 14 windows have begun to be taken out and should be totally removed by next week. Once that happens, the glass company will install the brand new windows.
UPDATE (Sept. 17): The bricks covering the first seven windows in the front of the buidling have been totally removed.
UPDATE (Oct. 22): All 14 windows have been installed and the brand new track surface has been layed down.
UPDATE (Nov. 13): The facility has been cleaned out and finishing touches have been added, bringing the renovation project to completion.
|Paul Oval Sweet in 1978|