Excavation and prep work on EWU’s Red Turf Project two weeks ahead of schedule, and may be viewed via a link at www.goeags.com
The actual red Sprinturf product is scheduled to be shipped and will arrive in Cheney, Wash., as early as Aug. 3 as the prep work for Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf Project is nearing completion. The first truck of turf is expected to arrive Aug. 3, and the second truck is scheduled to reach Cheney on Aug. 6.
The project is two weeks ahead of schedule, with actual installation of turf beginning as soon as possible once the product arrives. The projected completion date is still 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.
"The project has benefited from great weather and a strong effort from Pauletto Trucking and Excavation to be ahead of schedule," said Michael Westfall, executive director of the EWU Foundation and project lead. "With a tight timeframe, we remain hopeful to complete the project early to allow as much additional practice time on the field as possible for what promises to be a great season."
A 24-hour web cam is available at www.goeags.com for viewing of the project, which began on June 14 with the start of excavation work at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash. 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.
Sprintfurf 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 is being 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 approved by the EWU Foundation and EWU Board of Trustees.