Bowie State Upgrading Football Field With Synthetic Turf

WI Staff | 8/30/2010, 2:52 p.m.

Bowie State University Interim Athletic Director Arlene Creek and head football coach Damon Wilson officially announced that the Bulldogs football stadium natural grass field will be resurfaced with a $1 million synthetic turf.

Bowie State will be the second school in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association to shift from natural grass. Fayetteville State converted to a synthetic surface in 2007.
"I am very pleased and happy to be getting FieldTurf. This will give Bowie State University a great opportunity for more exposure, and I do believe that it will capture the attention of various teams wanting to play their games in Bulldogs Stadium", said Creek.

The new surface will be made of the new grass-looking synthetic surface that is currently used by 20 NFL teams as well as over 50 NCAA Division I institutions. The patented FieldTurf infill is comprised of 70 percent silica sand and 30 percent cryogenic rubber

In addition to intercollegiate football, Creek said the new field can be used for soccer, lacrosse, intramural games, band performances and graduations -- without damage to the surface. Also, she hopes community organizations will want to use the field for a fee.

"This is a great step for Bowie State", said Wilson. Wilson went on to say, "I thank Dr. Burnim and his administration for spearheading this project. This new field surface also gives us the opportunity to generate additional revenue by hosting camps and clinics in our facility."

Construction has already begun and will completed in time for the BSU Bulldogs home opener versus the Panthers of Virginia Union University - Saturday, September 25th at 1 pm.