Colorado State University has unveiled the field design for its new stadium, which is scheduled to open later this year.
The playing surface at the new Colorado State Stadium will feature an alternating pattern of two shades of green, as well as the name Sonny Lubick Field.
Installation of the first sections of turf, manufactured by Shaw Sports Turf, is scheduled to begin this week, and will be completed by early May. Based in Calhoun, GA, Shaw Sports Turf is an industry leader in sports turf innovation. A brand new Shaw Sports Turf playing surface was installed in March at Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Collegiate stadiums using Shaw Sports Turf include Arkansas, SMU and Vanderbilt.
“Synthetic fields represent the most consistent playing surface,” said Joe Parker, CSU’s director of athletics. “Shaw Sports Turf is an innovator, a market leader and a proven partner. We are excited to have their expertise engaged in our project. Shaw and their people deliver a state-of-the-art product through a quality service experience at an extraordinary value.”
The field design features a dark CSU green in the end zones and alternating lighter shades of green every five yards from goal line to goal line. The midfield area, from one 40-yard line displays the lightest shade of green with a large Ram head logo at midfield.
“We had meaningful discussions with the coaching staff, administrative team, project consultants and others on campus as we refined and determined a design direction for the field,” Parker said. “We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to seeing the field used in live action and on television.”
Large block letters spell out Sonny Lubick Field in four places, in the immediate sideline perimeter between the goal line and 20-yard line at all four corners of the field. The MW block logo, in green and gold, appears on the 25-yard line in the southwest and northeast quadrants of the field.
Sonny Lubick Field, as well as the new practice fields, will feature Shaw Sports Turf’s PowerBlade Pro system. The system features Shaw’s revolutionary Bolt fiber. Bolt is a stronger, more resilient monofilament fiber, featuring a lightning bolt shape which creates a stronger vertical axis that causes fibers to stand upright for less breakdown and increased durability. Bolt is specifically built for performance and to reflect light for a lower luster and more natural looking field.
“Colorado State University, under Joe Parker and the entire athletics team, has demonstrated a commitment to having first-class facilities,” said Dave Lange, territory manager with Shaw Sports Turf. “These facilities enhance the educational experience for student-athletes and the entire student body. As for the stadium and practice fields, we believe the quality of the field must meet the level of play and that makes our PowerBlade Bolt system the perfect match to make the Rams one of the premier programs in college sports.”
The overall installation time for the stadium playing surface is scheduled to span approximately one month. The installation of the Rams’ new practice fields adjacent to the west side of the new stadium is expected to be completed by June 1. That expanse will include one full field and a second field that will be split between an 85-yard lined playing field and a 30-yard by 30-yard “drills” area for the offensive line.
The first game in the stadium will kick off Saturday, August 26, when the Rams host Pac-12 opponent Oregon State.
Image courtesy Colorado State University.