Practice Field UPDATE 7-15-05

The rate at which progress is being made on the new practice fields on the University of Idaho campus is impressive. With fall drills set to begin shortly the light posts are in place, the fence posts are in place, concrete is being poured, and preparation of the sub-surface below what will be the SprinTurf playing surface is nearing completion.

Previous update:

LINK: Turf Project UPDATE (6-24-05)

LINK: Turf Project UPDATE (6-6-05)

LINK: Turf Project Launch (5-20-05)


Aerial views of the practice fields courtesy the University of Idaho.
SUMMARY: The images below were taken on 7/14/05 and show the substructure of the practice fields nearing completion. Also shown are the fence posts encircling the fields, the concrete crew pouring the new sidewalk, and the light posts in place. Our understanding is that installation of the SprinTurf surface will begin soon, and that the project appears to be on schedule for completion in time for fall training camp. To the right are aerial images taken by the University of Idaho of the practice field project from atop the Iverson Strength and Speed Center. A complete gallery is available at the University of Idaho Official Athletics website. Click Here to see more images.

OVERVIEW: This most current athletic facilities upgrade on the Idaho campus includes two 75-yard fields, plus a 10-yard wide "walkway" separating the 2 fields, all constructed of Sprinturf, an all-rubber infill, artificial turf system that looks, feels and plays like natural grass. The 75-yard length was chosen because it is long enough for the Vandal football and women's soccer teams to practice on, as well as for intramural competition, but short enough to have two fields in the space available. There will be one goal post on the south end of the south field and one on the north end of the north field, with the corners marked for soccer.

What it means to the UI intercollegiate, intramural and club sports communities, as well as the residents of Moscow, is a field that previously had approximately 300 useable hours annually now will be playable for as many as 2,000 hours.

The $1.2 million project, scheduled to be completed in July, includes lighting and fencing in addition to the infill artificial turf.



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Ground-level view (looking north) of the TWO practice fields (75-yards each), which will be located end-to-end.


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Preparing the base structure of the practice fields. Note the black fence posts which will surround the fields. Next to the fence, running the length of fields, will be a hedge which will be located on the side of the fence opposite the practice fields.


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Another view of the crew preparing the base structure of the practice fields.


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Looking across the south end of the practice fields at Memorial Gym.


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Another view across the fields looking east.


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Stairway leading up from the practice fields towards campus. Note the new light post at the foot of the stairs.


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Closer look at the lightposts which will encircle the playing fields, making these fields usable in the evening for intramurals, classes, and Idaho athletics.


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Pouring the new concrete sidewalk on the south end of the practice fields.


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Another wview of the concrete work.


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Note the fence posts which are in place on the south end of the field.


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Looking south along the west side of the practice field down the new fence line.


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