Fresno State will be installing a playing surface used by many pro and collegiate programs and add state-of-the-art lockers as part of improvements benefiting the school's soccer and lacrosse programs.
Other areas targeted for improvement in the locker rooms include flooring, graphics and air-conditioning systems.
The total cost is about $800,000, according to a Friday news release, which will be covered by a combination of philanthropic and university support.
"The playing field wasn't up to our standards and with university and donor support, we were able to upgrade our field to the best natural surface available," first-year Athletic Director Jim Bartko said. "We're also very pleased to have that same support to renovate the locker rooms and enhance the experience those student-athletes will have in their time as Bulldogs."
The field upgrade to the soccer and lacrosse stadium will begin Monday. Fresno State said it is installing "Tiffway II Hybrid Bermuda Sod, a 1¼-inch thick Super Bowl cut overseeded with rye grass." The project is expected to be completed by Feb. 16, with the lacrosse team playing its home opener March 4 against Campbell on the new surface.
The locker room renovation is scheduled for this summer. Lockers will be built to be sport-specific.
Fresno State unveiled the soccer and lacrosse stadium Oct. 31 as its most recent major facility addition. It is at the southwest corner of Cedar and Barstow Avenues behind Pete Beiden Field and on the east side of Bulldog Stadium.