MARSEILLE, France (AP) – Guantanamo Bay detainees will have something new to occupy their time after the completion of a brand new soccer field at the detention facility.
The new field -- roughly half the size of an American football field -- will be available for use by "highly compliant" detainees at Guantanamo's Camp 6 this spring, FOX News Channel reported Tuesday.
The project, which cost US taxpayers nearly $750,000, was started in April 2011.
A military police representative, who asked not to be identified, told FOX that allowing outdoor activity helped reduce behavior problems at the camps and limited the amount of interaction between detainees and guards.
Detainees will be afforded "maximum access" of about 20 hours a day to the facility, and will be able to get their via secured passage ways that allow them to reach the recreation yard without the need for military escorts.