Cedar City, UT (Sports Network) - Gentlemen, start your engines.
Southern Utah University is installing synthetic turf on the football field at
SUU began removing the old grass surface on June 15. The project is expected to
be completed in time for the Thunderbirds' home opener against New Mexico
Highlands on Sept. 15.
They will play two road games prior to the home opener.
The addition to add the Hellas MatrixTurf will allow the Big Sky Conference
university to hold practices on the field during inclement weather, attract
additional events from outside the university, reduce field maintenance costs
and likely reduce injuries.
It also could boost recruiting, as "recruits typically visit our campus
in January (and) the synthetic surface will be a key visual point of
interest," head football coach Ed Lamb said, adding "the fans will see a
much cleaner, faster game."
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