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Thursday August 18, 2011Resurfacing Project at Percy Beard Track Nears Completion

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators track and field coach Mike Holloway left for South Korea this week to attend the IAAF World Championships.


As Holloway takes in the action at state-of-the-art Daegu Stadium, he’ll see the sport’s best athletes in the world compete on a blue track made by Mondo, the world’s leader in the high-end track surfacing business. Mondo has provided the official track surface for the Olympics since 1972 according to its website.


When Holloway returns home, the Gators will begin practicing on their own blue Mondo track. Percy Beard Track underwent major renovations over the summer, highlighted by a resurfacing that features a P-18 Blue Mondotrack SX top.


The new blue surface replaces the tan Mondo track the Gators have used for several years and that was beginning to show signs of its age after years of heavy use by the Florida track teams and the UF and Gainesville communities.


What’s the New Surface?

Pressly Track will now feature a P-18 Blue Mondotrack SX Material with tan exchange lanes. The track was resurfaced by Mondo for a cost of $725,000


Holloway left town looking forward to seeing the finished project when he returns from South Korea.


“Any time you get a new facility, there’s a little bit of excitement around it,’’ he said. “It’s like a little kid getting a new toy. We’re really excited about what it’s going to do for our program.


“The old facility served us well. If you look at our school records and track records, a lot of those records were set since the old facility was put in.’’


Holloway envisions the biggest advantage of the new track surface coming after difficult practices.


“Because it’s newer, it’s a bit softer,’’ he said. “It will allow us to recover better after training sessions. Also, it’s a great competition surface. It will compete well with fast times and long jumps.’’


As part of the renovation plans and the UAA’s goal to provide the Gators track teams and soccer team the best possible training environment, there will be new hours in place for when the public can use the track.


UAA officials have been calling local high schools and track clubs to make them aware of the changes. Starting Sept. 1, the track will be open to the public for 35 hours per week, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding UAA holidays).


James G. Pressly Stadium Hours (as of Sept. 1)


Available Hours




6 a.m. – 1 p.m.


6 a.m. – 1 p.m.


6 a.m. – 1 p.m.


6 a.m. – 1 p.m.


6 a.m. – 1 p.m.




“We are excited about the completed renovation project at the track,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Chip Howard. “In order for our track and soccer teams to train and compete in the best environment and at the highest level and to utilize the Percy Beard track and Pressly Stadium facility uninterrupted, there will adjusted hours for public use.


“This is being done to maintain the facility and provide a safe training environment for everyone who will use the new track surface.”


In developing the new hours, the UAA created a usage schedule for the community that promotes safety and proper use during premium daylight hours.


The rest of the time, the Gators will be filling up the lanes trying to get better.


“We’ve got a great team coming back next year and we’re excited about the new surface and what it will mean for the team,’’ Holloway said.



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