Campus Officials, Police Defend Turf Field Protections

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Prior to the 2016-17 academic year, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, replaced three standard-sized athletic fields with multiple synthetic turf fields, and has been busy keeping unauthorized users off the fields ever since, according to a report in The Wichitan student newspaper.

At a cost of $3.8 million (or roughly $600 per enrolled student), the field renovation led the university of establish a rule prohibiting any usage of the fields outside of currently enrolled students. Any unauthorized personnel must seek permission and approval before using the fields. Reservations can be made through the Redwine Student Wellness Center by phone or email for a flat fee of $150 per day.

According to The Wichitan, no single department claims sole responsibility for the regulation of the fields or creation of the rule itself. However, the athletic department, police department and wellness center share the duty of regulation. Police chief Patrick Coggins told the paper that his team removes unauthorized users from the athletic fields roughly two to three times per week.

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