New FieldTurf installed at Wyoming
Laramie, Wyo. (June 27, 2013) -- Installation of the beautiful new FieldTurf Revolution playing surface at the University of Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium has been completed. The field's new features include the image of Wyoming's Teton Mountains in the end zones, and on the sidelines is the lettering "7220 Feet" to distinguish Jonah Field as the highest NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) stadium in the country.
UW's school colors of brown and gameday gold are prevalent throughout. The traditional words "WYOMING" and "COWBOYS" are boldly displayed in brown on a vivid gameday gold background in opposite end zones. Those words appear in a new western-style font. Another traditional element that was incorporated into the design was Wyoming's iconic "Steamboat symbol of a bucking horse and rider at midfield in brown, outlined in white and gameday gold.
Jonah Field will continue as the name of Wyoming Football's playing surface to commemorate the generous donations to UW Athletics by Mick and Susie McMurry and John and Mari Ann Martin and their families.
Installation of the new surface began on Monday, June 10 and was completed on Thursday, June 27 -- under three weeks from beginning to end.
The field includes over 750,000 pounds of crushed rubber to provide cushioning to the playing surface. The various elements of the field were manufactured in Calhoun, Ga., outside Atlanta and then sewn together as the field was installed.
The cost of the field is $500,000, all of which is being funded from self-generated dollars with no state funds going to pay for the project. Cost savings of nearly $500,000 came from the excellent condition of the base that was already in place from the installation of Wyoming's original artificial turf surface back in the summer of 2005.
The FieldTurf Revolution turf system was selected by Wyoming Athletics due to its elite-level playability. FieldTurf has been installed at many of the top NCAA football stadiums in the country for its grass-like performance and safety.
Award winning graphic designer David Coleman, who is a UW graduate and Wyoming native from Wheatland, helped develop the design.
The Mountain West Regional Manager for FieldTurf is UW graduate and former Cowboy baseball letterwinner Jed Easterbrook. Easterbrook worked extremely hard with his company, FieldTurf, to win the bid, and Easterbrook monitored the installation of the new surface through completion.
Some of the other schools in the country who play on FieldTurf surfaces are: Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.
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