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In June 2023, Chenango Contracting began the construction of Bertino Field at Butterfield Stadium, a donor-funded artificial turf field. Ithaca College was granted a temporary certificate of occupancy Sept. 15, deeming the field usable.

Bombers anticipate football’s home opener on new turf field

By Tess Ferguson, Sports Editor September 29, 2023
On Nov. 29, 2022, Ithaca College announced its plans to upgrade its natural grass football field to artificial turf. Just under a year later, the Ithaca College football team is preparing to compete on Bertino Field at Butterfield Stadium for the first time. 
Ithaca College Athletics released this mockup of Bertino Field at Butterfield Stadium after it receives its new artificial turf surface. The field, which has historically only been used by the football program, will also be usable by other varsity sports as well as intramurals and club sports, but will no longer include an outdoor track around it.

Artificial turf raises concerns about equity and injuries

By Aidan Charde and Elijah de Castro February 15, 2023
While Ithaca College has positioned planned renovations to Butterfield Stadium as an opportunity for the field to be used by more teams, the artificial surface may increase the risk for injuries.
Butterfield Stadium is one of two natural grass football fields in the Liberty League. However, Ithaca College announced in November that the field would be replaced with an artificial turf surface.

Planned turf field at IC to contain toxic chemicals

By Aidan Charde and Elijah de Castro February 8, 2023
According to oceanographers, ecologists and environmental policy experts, the life cycle of an artificial turf field has detrimental effects on human health and the environment.
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