|Turf Bay |
Opened: March, 1999
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|The Turf Bay, located inside the Indoor Athletic Complex, is utilized by all 16 of Central Michigan's varsity programs, and is home to several camps, clinics and club teams. |
Football, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball all utilize the practice facility when poor weather forces them from their outdoor facilities. All 16 athletic programs use the facility as part of their strength and conditioning programs.
The facility boasts a FieldTurf playing surface, installed in 2009 to replace the facility's original artificial surface. The surface provides a safer and more grass-like training surface for all of its inhabitants.
The FieldTurf surface features individual polyethylene fibers that imitate individual blades of grass. The polyethylene fibers are supported by an in-fill system consisting of sand and rubber granules. Rug burns and other injuries directly associated with the first generation of artificial turf are decreased dramatically.
Doors at the east end of the turf bay open into a tunnel that leads into the Kelly/Shorts Stadium locker room complex.