MOUNT PLEASANT – The installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface in the Indoor Athletic Complex is nearing completion.
The surface has been rolled out wall-to-wall in the turf bay. Lettering at midfield and in the end zone has been laid out and is awaiting final installation.
Installation will begin later this week of the sand and rubber inlay that provides support and cushion to the surface.The Photo Album link above includes updated photos from the project. Continue to check back to cmuchippewas.com for updated photos throughout the FieldTurf installation process.
Originally released Aug. 13
Central Michigan University has begun the process of replacing the artificial turf inside the Indoor Athletic Complex’s turf bay.
FieldTurf, the same playing surface installed in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in 2004, also will be utilized in the indoor turf bay.
“The installation of FieldTurf is a significant upgrade to our indoor facility and part of the continued investment we are making in facilities at Central Michigan University,” said Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. “This project will provide immediate benefits to each of the many different groups that utilize the facility throughout the year. The goal with all of our facilities is to provide our student-athletes the absolute best environment in the country in which to train and compete. Financially, we will realize a cost savings because of the extended lifespan of the surface.”
Construction crews began removing the turf bay’s original artificial surface this week. That surface, with a typical lifespan of six to eight years, was installed during construction of the IAC in 1998. The new FieldTurf surface will have nearly triple that lifespan. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
The new surface will provide a safer and more grass-like training surface for CMU’s varsity sports programs, club sports, sports camps and other programs.
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.
Continue to check back to cmuchippewas.com for updated photos throughout the construction process.