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Commonwealth Stadium Field is Changing to Turf

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Posted: 7/17/2014 1:25 PM

Commonwealth Stadium Field is Changing to Turf 


Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ

Stoops says looks like UK will switch to synthetic turf at Commonwealth Stadium after this season.

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Posted: 7/17/2014 3:56 PM

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Though it's a lot better than the original turfs nowadays, I have mixed feelings. You're talking to someone who's first views of Stoll Field late in the year whereby the brown bermuda was alternately  painted blue every 5 or 10 yards. Big change but maybe needed to weather the weather.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 4:39 PM

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evansdad2 wrote: Though it's a lot better than the original turfs nowadays, I have mixed feelings. You're talking to someone who's first views of Stoll Field late in the year whereby the brown bermuda was alternately  painted blue every 5 or 10 yards. Big change but maybe needed to weather the weather.
I see both sides. Kentucky is known for the Bermuda grass, not turf. In this era of college football its all about speed and finding ways to keep money in the pocket. John Clay made 5 very good points on why UK moving to turf could benefit the FB program.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 5:31 PM

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In my former profession, I was involved in evaluating the +/-'s of keeping bermuda or installing artificial turf.  Even with the upfront cost, it was a no brainer money-wise. Savings in the form of less manpower needed, less equipment needed, no chemicals, less time, worry ( a big issue especially during dry weather)....not to mention the expanded opportunities to use the field.

Perhaps this will allow for much greater use of an under used facility....high school play-offs, band competitions, concerts, etc...

Loved the brown  grass back in the 70's, but synthetic will be much more serviceable.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 8:02 PM

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PatrickLoney wrote:
evansdad2 wrote: Though it's a lot better than the original turfs nowadays, I have mixed feelings. You're talking to someone who's first views of Stoll Field late in the year whereby the brown bermuda was alternately  painted blue every 5 or 10 yards. Big change but maybe needed to weather the weather.
I see both sides. Kentucky is known for the Bermuda grass, not turf. In this era of college football its all about speed and finding ways to keep money in the pocket. John Clay made 5 very good points on why UK moving to turf could benefit the FB program.
I think that will be a good thing for UK and its players. My son played at Tates Creek High School in the NFL flag Football league this spring and when he and other kids fell there were no strawberries on there bodies like you would get with old turf that would tear a person up when he slid on it or had fallen making tackles or catches.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 8:49 PM

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paulhead wrote:
PatrickLoney wrote:
evansdad2 wrote: Though it's a lot better than the original turfs nowadays, I have mixed feelings. You're talking to someone who's first views of Stoll Field late in the year whereby the brown bermuda was alternately  painted blue every 5 or 10 yards. Big change but maybe needed to weather the weather.
I see both sides. Kentucky is known for the Bermuda grass, not turf. In this era of college football its all about speed and finding ways to keep money in the pocket. John Clay made 5 very good points on why UK moving to turf could benefit the FB program.
I think that will be a good thing for UK and its players. My son played at Tates Creek High School in the NFL flag Football league this spring and when he and other kids fell there were no strawberries on there bodies like you would get with old turf that would tear a person up when he slid on it or had fallen making tackles or catches.
I think its beneficial for the way UK offense is. All about speed. in the "Air Raid". I do think the technology with turf has improved over the years so this may not be damaging to the body as it used to be.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 9:04 PM

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The fact Kentucky is known worldwide as the bluegrass state makes me think we should have the best grass field in the nation. I always thought the field was on the bland side and needed to have the red zone highlighted of course by blue paint on the side line from the 25 and in,the end zone blue and just a quality look end to end. However I do like the new sports turf and it seems all programs are going to it for a host of reasons. Hopefully the players like it better and recruits as well.

Now maybe we can work on the totally lame music we have always played to try for a more hyped experience in CWS. I'd play the best from rock country and of course rap to give every age group a better feeling . Instead of cotton eyed joe remix. It's like I'm stuck in some crap dance clubs hell night every time they blast that garbage through the speakers.
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Posted: 7/19/2014 1:43 PM

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ram1958 wrote: In my former profession, I was involved in evaluating the +/-'s of keeping bermuda or installing artificial turf.  Even with the upfront cost, it was a no brainer money-wise. Savings in the form of less manpower needed, less equipment needed, no chemicals, less time, worry ( a big issue especially during dry weather)....not to mention the expanded opportunities to use the field.

Perhaps this will allow for much greater use of an under used facility....high school play-offs, band competitions, concerts, etc...

Loved the brown  grass back in the 70's, but synthetic will be much more serviceable.
... and the best greater use will be more practice for the Cats in the stadium.
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Posted: 7/20/2014 8:42 AM

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Why not add another bowl game???? The Bourbon Bowl...a la Bobby Bouchet :)
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Posted: 7/21/2014 8:55 AM

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Will we paint the endzones Blue, ha, this question always comes up
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Posted: 7/21/2014 10:03 AM

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If we have to go turf, at least we could make it a darker, bluer shade of green than typical.
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Posted: 7/21/2014 3:04 PM

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Too bad Boise has the only blue field that will ever be permitted.
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