Archive for Tuesday, May 19, 2009

KU to install new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium

New surface will debut in football season-opener on Sept. 5

May 19, 2009


Kansas University will install new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium this summer, athletic director Lew Perkins announced in a press release.

The installation of the FieldTurf will take place in late spring, and the new surface is scheduled to be in place in time for the KU football team's Sept. 5 season-opener against Northern Colorado.

KU will become the sixth Big 12 school to have FieldTurf, joining Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Texas Tech. FieldTurf also was installed last August on the Jayhawks' two practice fields located next to the Anderson Family Football Complex.

"FieldTurf is universally recognized as a top-of-the-line playing surface,” KU coach Mark Mangino said in the release. "We’re excited that we will be playing on a surface that so many NFL and top collegiate teams also use. And the fact that our new practice fields are also FieldTurf is a real benefit for our players."

The Jayhawks have played their home games on artificial turf since 1970. The new FieldTurf will be the stadium's fifth turf field, replacing the AstroPlay that was installed in 2000.


iLikelawrence 9 years, 1 month ago

I'd bet any money in the world that the Athletic Department will sell the used turf to fans for a pretty penny. It's 'Orange Bowl' turf, of course.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 1 month ago

edjayhawk: Your comment brought a smile to my face, until I realized that it will probably be proven true before the day is out.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 1 month ago

clarification: Tax dollars paying for turf=not true. Uninformed people whining that their tax dollars paid for the turf=true.

Matt Lacey 9 years, 1 month ago

Maybe they can get porkulus money for it.

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