FieldTurf to be Installed at Reser Stadium
April 1, 2005
Corvallis, Ore. - Reser Stadium will not only have a new look this season it will also sport a new playing surface, as Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Friday that FieldTurf will be installed for the 2005 season.
The field and the installation costs are being donated by OSU alumni and current FieldTurf associates Jim Mendenhall, Steve Coury and Mark Ryan. Anonymous donors will assist the Department of Athletics pay all costs for the field logos and preparation work to the underlying surface. The FieldTurf installers will remove the current AstroTurf 2000, which has been in place since July of 1999. The turf will not be available for souvenirs. OSU officials caution that anyone caught attempting to remove part of the existing AstroTurf field will be prosecuted for vandalism, trespassing and destruction of state property.
'This is an incredible act of generosity,' De Carolis said. 'The new surface will be on a par with our counterparts in this conference and across the nation. This is another step in the continuing improvement of Reser Stadium and our athletic facilities.'
The removal of the AstroTurf and installation of FieldTurf will take approximately one month and is expected to begin in mid-April. The FieldTurf will be installed on a 1 foot square, three-eighths inch think drain tile that is laid on the existing asphalt. The actual size of the field will be 78,500 square feet.
'This is a big deal for the program,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'It helps us in terms of injury prevention and recruiting, and is overall a much better surface to compete on. I'm very excited about the new surface and I thank the donors who made this happen.'
This will be the second FieldTurf football surface on the OSU Campus; a regulation sized football field was installed in the Merritt-Truax Indoor Center during its construction in 2001 and is used not only by the football team, but many of the other intercollegiate programs. Reser Stadium has had some form of an artificial surface since 1969.
'We are very pleased that Oregon State has elected to install FieldTurf at Reser Stadium,' said FieldTurf CEO John Gilman. 'The Pac-10 is one of the best football conferences in America, and it's great for us to be associated with another top football program like Oregon State. Reser marks FieldTurf's fourth Pac-10 stadium. Maybe one day in the not-too-distant future, the entire conference will be playing their games on FieldTurf! I am confident that the OSU players, coaches and fans will really enjoy the new FieldTurf surface.'
Several regional universities, colleges and professional teams currently play on FieldTurf, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Linfield College, Willamette University and the Seattle Seahawks.
FieldTurf is the result of years of research - evident in the patented FieldTurf infill mix of silica sand and cryogenic rubber and patented layering process that deliver a system that emulates natural grass. Additional benefits are found in improved player safety, reduced maintenance costs and flexibility for conversion - allowing stadium managers to quickly change the field from one sport to another or to easily host a variety of sporting events, concerts and other special events directly on top of the FieldTurf surface.
The installation means OSU will hold its annual spring football game at PGE Park in Portland April 30 at 1 p.m. This will be the first time the spring game has been played in the Portland metropolitan area since it was held in Hillsboro in 1999.
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