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Two Binghamton University sports fields are being converted from grass to synthetic turf.

Work on a 130,000-square-foot complex is underway just east of the main entrance to the Vestal campus.

University president Harvey Stenger said the $2.5 million facility is expected to be ready by September.

The complex will be lined for two softball fields, two flag football fields and two soccer fields. Lights will allow events to take place at night.

Speaking recently on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Stenger noted the synthetic turf surface won't get muddy, enabling the new facility to be used earlier in the spring and later in the fall months.

Stenger said the intramural softball schedule was canceled for three years in a row because the field was "so wet and muddy."

Stenger said the nighttime activity at the complex adjacent to the Vestal Parkway will provide "a sense of liveliness to the campus in a way that we've never had before."

Camps, rentals and special programs may utilize the fields during semester breaks and in the summer.

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