TULSA, Okla., June 3, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- When it came time for the University of Tulsa to select a new surface for venerable Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, the Golden Hurricane went by the old axiom -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So TU selected the latest-and-greatest version of FieldTurf to be installed at Skelly Field in time for the 2008 football season. The announcement was made jointly by Tulsa Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham and FieldTurf Tarkett CEO Joe Fields.
Skelly Field has had FieldTurf since 2000, and after eight seasons, the school wanted to upgrade to the newest version of the FieldTurf football product. The new state-of-the-art FieldTurf will be in place when the Golden Hurricane play their 2008 football home opener against New Mexico on September 20.
"With us having FieldTurf, it's an unbelievable advantage," said Tulsa Head Football Coach Todd Graham. "As far as our usage, the advantages are numerous -- it's less abrasive, it's not as hard, it's a softer surface, it will reduce the amount of injuries and it allows us to practice on it daily without the same wear and tear as we'd have on a grass field. It is very valuable to us to have this type of surface. The cosmetics of the field are tremendous. The numbers and lines are all inlayed, so there's no paint anywhere on our field. The blue end zones and the logos will make the field jump out on game day. It's one of the most attractive fields in the country. I think it's the best-looking field I've ever seen."
"We are pleased to be able to deliver the finest artificial turf football field in the world to the University of Tulsa," said Fields. "What makes this even more special for us is to have UT as a repeat customer for our football product. They have been extremely pleased with the safety and the playability of FieldTurf for the past eight seasons, and we know that the university is anxious to get the newest version of our product and to enjoy the benefits of our new, advanced technology. We want to assure the Golden Hurricane coaches, players, staff and fans that they will have a playing surface that is second to none when the team takes the field for that home opener against New Mexico in September."
Formerly known as Skelly Stadium, the facility was renamed Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium in 2007. Constructed in 1930, it has been the home of the Golden Hurricane for 77 years. With an original seating capacity of 14,500, it can now accommodate 30,000 spectators.
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