San Antonio - Director of Athletics Bob King has announced that Trinity has begun renovations to convert the Trinity Football Stadium from a grass field surface into FieldTurf, beginning with the start of the 2019-20 school year.
"The Department of Athletics is very appreciative of the University's willingness to fund this important project," said King. "We are excited to be able to provide a field that maximizes both performance and safety, answering the recommendations and concerns from both our coaching staff and the football student-athletes."
Installation has already begun at the stadium, which is completely closed during the project. The work is expected to be completed by August 20 and will be ready for use during the 2019 football season.
"I cannot be more excited about the opportunity that is being provided to our students with the current installation of FieldTurf for this fall," exclaimed Head Football Coach Jerheme Urban. "For the last three summers we have seen the Bell Center Renovation, the installation of a video scoreboard, and now the turf, as a true testament to the overall experience of our students. The Vertex Prime product that we are installing is going to provide a very fast surface for our athletes to play on, while also providing a comfortable and safe surface with the most current version of cool play infill. This is a great time to be a Trinity Tiger, and I am truly excited about the direction we are going and the opportunities we are providing our student-athletes!
The stadium serves as the home facility for both the football and track & field programs. Throwing events for track & field will be moved to another facility to accommodate the transition to FieldTurf.
The Tiger athletics teams use a number of facilities for practice, including the Jim Potter Intramural Field (also a turf field), the Trinity Softball Field, and the Trinity Baseball Field. With practice times and facilities for the outdoor sports in high demand, the addition of FieldTurf at the stadium will help alleviate some of that load.
"We are excited to partner with FieldTurf to provide the best field for all participants and in all weather conditions," said Seth Asbury, Trinity's Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Event Management. "This move creates a multi-purpose stadium that will provide us with the opportunity to schedule practices, recreational sports, camps, and other on-campus programming which we haven't been able to do before."