MANHATTAN, Kan. - Installation of a new artificial playing surface in Kansas State's indoor football practice facility is underway with completion of the project anticipated by April 1, athletics department officials announced today.
Crews have removed the 14-year-old synthetic turf and are laying the latest generation of FieldTurf in the 92,000 square-foot facility. The new field will replicate what was installed in Bill Snyder Family Stadium in 2002.
K-State has contracted with FieldTurf USA, Inc., to install the newest version of FieldTurf, known as the DuraSpine Monofilament Turf System, in the indoor practice facility. The system features individual monofilament fibers designed to resist matting while enhancing ball roll properties, bio-mechanics and aesthetics. Another advantage of FieldTurf embraced by the players and coaches is that it is non-abrasive and acts as if the game were being played on natural grass.
RS Global, Inc., of Dallas is the general contractor for the project. The design of the new field will match that of the stadium game field with a large Powercat at midfield, "Wildcats" in the north end zone and "Kansas State" in the south end zone.
"The synthetic surface was showing its age," said Associate Athletics Director Casey Scott. "Plus, the FieldTurf is so much better for the players in terms of impact and abrasion."
In addition to the indoor facility, Scott said K-State will install FieldTurf in the Bradenberry Indoor Complex and on the infield and warning track areas of Tointon Family Stadium. Work on those facilities will begin later in the spring when the baseball season has concluded.
"The amount of wear and tear placed on the infield of our baseball field through practice and games is enormous," Scott said. "We have had difficulty in our climate producing the type of quality natural playing surface we want for baseball. Having FieldTurf will allow us to have a consistent playing surface with much, much less concern about maintenance."
The Brandeberry facility is used for baseball, golf and track practice. A new pole vault runway will be installed as part of the project in addition to an artificial putting green.