NFA athletic field to be closed for summer construction

Norwich — Three summer construction projects, including installation of permanent lights, will force the closure of the popular track at the Norwich Free Academy athletic field, temporarily displacing summer practice sessions for some school sports.

Musco Sports Lighting has completed preliminary planning work and will be on campus Friday to start work on the $430,107 project to install lights at the field, NFA spokesman Geoff Serra said.

The other two projects are more mundane repairs and upgrades to the venting and hooding system in the cafeteria and replacement of the major sewer line, Serra said.

The NFA track is a popular recreational spot in summer but will be closed to the public throughout the summer, Serra said. NFA officials hope to complete the lighting project by Aug. 23 in time for NFA’s fall sports teams to use the field pre-season training.
“All planned summer athletic training programs will use the grass field and the weight room in lieu of the track,” Serra said.

Contingencies are in place for the Wildcat Marching Band, which also uses the field for practice. The first band summer practice is scheduled for July 17. But Serra said NFA will hold off on making plans to move the band practice to see how far the lighting project has progressed.

“As soon as the work is completed and the field is safe to use and accessible, it will be opened for public use,” Serra said. “If all goes well, that may be prior to the end of August.”


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