SprinTurf Installation UPDATE (8-12-05)

Latest word on the street is that the Vandals could be practicing on their new SprinTurf artificial surface practice fields as early as the end of this this week. Logos, numbers, lines, and details are going in now, and light poles are getting their lights.

Previous update:

LINK: Turf Project UPDATE (7-29-05)

LINK: Turf Project UPDATE (7-15-05)

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 aerial images shown to the right were taken by the University of Idaho and posted on 8/10/05. The goal is to have the fields ready for practice by the end of the week of 8/15/05 (hopefully in time to get a work or on the new fields before the season opener at Washington State), with the detail work to be completed later in the month (i.e. landscaping, lightbulb installation, etc.). A complete gallery is available at the University of Idaho Official Athletics website.
Click Here to go to UI Gallery.

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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A bit of an aerial view (a little closer) of the Vandal logo that will appear on BOTH fields. Also visible is the fence that will run the length of the field.


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Looking southeast across the fields, with Memorial Gym tower and the water tower visible in the the distance.


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Installation of the numbers. For those that didn't know, the numbers/lines/logos are not painted. They are permanent, and a HUGE improvement over what was done before when these fields were natural grass.


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Looking across the endzone of the northern field field.


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Nice close-up of the synthetic turf (taken 8-11-05).


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