New turf coming to Martin Stadium in 2014

WASHINGTON STATE began the process of replacing the turf on one of the practice fields on Rogers Field this week. But that is just an appetizer of what's to come at Martin Stadium before the home opener this upcoming season...

Washington State will install new FieldTurf at Martin Stadium before the Cougs' home opener this season, WSU SID Bill Stevens confirmed to

The Cougs head to Seattle to open the season against Rutgers followed by a road trip to Nevada. The Cougars' home opener is Sept. 13 vs. Portland State.

The process of replacing the turf will begin soon -- sometime in June -- after the new practice field has been installed at Rogers Field.

Stevens didn't specify the cost but most FieldTurf fields run between $750,000 and $1 million.

On their site, FieldTurf pegs the average cost of an 80,000 square feet field in North America at $750,000. More square footage, upgraded drainage and other amenities push the number upwards.

FieldTurf typically lasts for eight to 10 years.

The current FieldTurf at Martin Stadium has been in place since summer of 2006.

Details are tight on what color changes, if any, will accompany the new turf. There has been talk in the past around Bohler Gym, for example, about crimson end zones but it's unknown if the Cougs will go in that direction or not.

Washington State began to replace the turf on Rogers Field this week -- the construction company had used it as a staging area for the new Football Operations Building.

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