The University of Redlands and Bulldog Athletics are excited to announce the current renovation of the football practice field that is located between Ted Runner Stadium and The Yard (baseball field) as the first among the NCAA Division III to include FieldTurf® Revolution with CoolPlay Technology. This cutting-edge cooling technology has been laboratory tested to decrease the surface temperature of the synthetic field-space by up to 35 degrees, as compared to regular turf fields. This critical factor certainly bodes well for the liberal arts institution that is located between Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
"We have taken every step in the synthetic field surface industry that is available to us at this time to mitigate the heat challenges of our location," stated Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez.
As of this release, Redlands is one of three California facilities to receive this type of installation this year and joins various NCAA Division I football teams that have already made the switch to CoolPlay. Among others, the Bulldogs now are in the company of the University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska.
"For Bulldog Athletics, this is a huge improvement. It gives us the best of both worlds, with fantastic natural grass surfaces for competition, but also the top-of-the-line, newest synthetic surface available to our programs for training and practicing," commented Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez.
The Bulldogs' renovation is well underway and should be completed by early August, just in time for the arrival of fall sport student-athletes.
Redlands' FieldTurf® facility, which is shared between Bulldog Athletics, and intramurals and recreation sports, will include permanent lines for both football and soccer, as well as basic markings for men's and women's lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee.
"In addition to providing opportunities for both intramurals and club-related athletics, this new space will allow for open field use to the general student population. Ultimately, it creates a positive outlet for many of our students who are seeking opportunities to be both physically and socially active on campus," added Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Center Andrew Hollis, who also supervises recreation sports and intramurals at Redlands.
A photo timeline of the project is available at www.goredlands.com, with new pictures being added weekly throughout the summer.
Furthermore, this renovation includes the installation of additional Musco® lighting on the east side of the facility, with the current lights being re-lamped for efficiency and brightness.
For more information about FieldTurf® with CoolPlay, please visit the company's web page.