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Jones Stadium to Receive State-of-the Art Surface for 2006 Season
One of the hottest college football programs in America has chosen the best artificial turf in the world. The new FieldTurf will replace Texas Tech’s previous AstroTurf field.
The Red Raiders' new state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface will debut at the team’s 2006 home opener Sept. 2 against SMU. Last season, Head Coach Mike Leach’s squad was one of the top teams in the country, posting a 9-2 record.
“Our players and coaches are really excited and look forward to playing on FieldTurf,” Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers says.
“We had AstroTurf for over 30 years and just installed FieldTurf on part of our practice field. The players have had the chance to run and work out on it on a limited basis. FieldTurf is a leader in artificial turf. It is a product that is used in professional and college stadiums throughout the country. We are pleased we will have it in place for the 2006 season."
Head Coach Mike Leach Leach says he and his players are looking forward to playing on FieldTurf in Jones Stadium this fall.
“It is one of the premier playing surfaces in the country. We have some of the best facilities in the country, and this only enhances what we already have,” Leach says.
Jones SBC Stadium opened in 1947 and has a current seating capacity of 52,882. The school played its first home game on artificial turf in September of 1970. The Red Raiders have not lost a home game since November of 2004.
Texas Tech is the fourth Big 12 school to install FieldTurf at its football stadium, joining Nebraska, Kansas State and Missouri. FieldTurf is currently in use in more than 25 NCAA Division 1-A football stadiums including Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Boston College and Syracuse.
In addition to its growing popularity in the college ranks, FieldTurf has already established itself as the turf of choice in the National Football League. Twenty-two of the NFL’s 32 teams currently use FieldTurf at their stadiums and/or their practice facilities.
FieldTurf emulates natural grass, providing grass-like stability and better long-term resilience. Additional benefits are found in improved player safety; FieldTurf does not contribute to leg fatigue, ankle injuries, ACL and other problems associated with unstable, rubber-filled turf systems. It also reduces maintenance costs and provides additional flexibility for quickly changing 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.
For more information, visit the FieldTurf Web site at www.fieldturf.com.