Sprinturf Crew Works Under the Lights Friday
Red Turf project is nearing a completion as Eastern hopes to scrimmage on the new field next Wednesday
With Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf project nearing a completion, the Sprinturf installation crew will be working Friday night (Aug. 20) under the lights at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash., in hopes of an early completion of the project.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on logos, sidelines and end zones before they infill with millions of rubber pellets that provide the cushioning in the turf. Those are expected to be rolled into the turf Thursday afternoon and on Friday.
If all goes well, next Wednesday’s (Aug. 25) scrimmage for the Eagle football team will take place at the field. The projected completion date was originally listed as Sept. 3, with the inaugural game on the red turf taking place Sept. 18 versus Montana, scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Pacific time. A dedication and open house is being planned for Thursday, Sept. 16 starting at 3:15 p.m.
A 24-hour web cam is available through the completion of the project at www.goeags.com. The project began on June 14 with the start of excavation work. When the project is completed, the field will be re-named Roos Field in appreciation of the $500,000 pledge made by Michael and Katherine Roos toward the project.
Sprinturf Inc., based in Wayne, Pa., received the contract to install the red turf, which is the first of its kind, not just in NCAA Division I football, but in the entire country. The excavation and prep work was performed by Pauletto Trucking and Excavation in Spokane, which was also a sub-contractor for the Sprinturf field that was installed in 2005 at Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane.
Other contractors involved in the project include Coffman Engineers and Geo Engineers, both based in Spokane, with financing of the project provided by U.S. Bank and the EWU Foundation, and approved by the EWU Board of Trustees.