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Chessa Field

 

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Chessa Field, located on the west end of the Athletic Mall, has served as the home to the Ohio women's soccer programs since 2002.

The site, which previously served as a practice site, was renovated and transformed into the competition facility. The Kentucky Bluegrass and Rye athletic turf grass mix sits atop a modern irrigation and drainage system. A soccer specific scoreboard is situated across from the press box and seating grandstand that can accommodate 750 fans.

Chessa Field could not have been made possible without the generous contribution of Ohio University employee Scott Blower and his wife, Crista, a 1985 Ohio University graduate. The couples contribution of $70,000 in 2003 was spent to renovate the playing surface of Chessa Field, making it the university's largest private gift to women's athletics. Other improvements at the soccer facility included the construction of a press box and the addition of a simulated wrought-iron fence adjacent to Shafer Street.

To honor the couples' gift, Ohio Athletics renamed the facility's playing surface Chessa Field, in honor of the Blowers' daughter. 

The spring of 2015 saw a major renovation to the playing surface at Chessa Field. The project installed new drainage and irrigation system in addition to new natural turfgrass.