Recht Field is tearing apart at the seams. Literally.
The worn-down AstroPlay surface, though, is down to its final days. Originally installed in 2003, the synthetic turf will be uprooted Monday as construction begins to install a new, more evolutionary version of FieldTurf.
“We’re hugely excited. This is awesome,” Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield said. “We actually had to make some seam repairs during the football season last year because they were becoming trip hazards, so it will be nice to have something new.”
The target date is Aug. 1 for the new turf to be ready for action. Boulder shares the field with the entire Boulder Valley School District, so the surface has seen its share of mileage over the past several seasons. According to a BVSD newsletter, the project will run $272,869.
The Boulder football team practiced on the existing turf Thursday, marking the surface’s final official use. Beginning Monday, the Panthers will shift their summer regimen to Casey Middle School.
“Once the kids see the construction of it, and not the destruction, they’re going to be fired up,” Boulder coach Jeff Santee said. “They’re excited about knowing it’s going to be a higher grade of turf, one that’s easier to cut on and safer all around.”
The district’s turf revival plan likely will not stop at Recht Field. AstroPlay surfaces also were installed at Fairview and Broomfield in 2003 (as well as at St. Vrain-based Everly-Montgomery Field), and those fields, too, soon could undergo a revamping.
FieldTurf surfaces were implemented at Monarch and Centaurus in 2006 and in Nederland in 2007, and appear to be holding up well. With the technological advances in synthetic turf over the past decade, Boulder’s new surface likely will have longer sustainability.
District athletic director Michele DeBerry could not be reached for comment.
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