PREP SPORTS: Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium set to get new turf
Nevada Union’s ground game is about to get a big upgrade.
The decade-old synthetic turf that hosted many a sporting event at Hooper Stadium since it was installed in 2006 has been pulled and a new turf is set to be in place by Aug.11.
“It’s very similar to if you called someone to come recarpet your house,” Director of Facilities Planning Paul Palmer said. “It’s a really cool system. It’s newer, naturally. The fibers are different … It will wear a lot better. It has an eight-year warranty and it will go a lot longer.”
The new turf comes from FieldTurf, A Tarkett Sports Company, the same company that provided the original. The field size is approximately 91,835 square feet.
“They are the leaders in the industry,” Nevada Union Athletic Director Jeff Dellis said.
The cost of the new turf is about $616,000 and will be paid for by Measure B, a $47 million bond measure that was passed in November. The price tag for the new turf is significantly less than the cost in 2006 because the infrastructure for a synthetic turf field is already in place, said Palmer. Installing a synthetic turf field the first time cost around $1.3 million.
“Originally when we first committed to a turf field in 2006, the most compelling argument was the field is a classroom,” Dellis said. “Being now that it is an artificial surface, it’s able to be used year-round. So you’ll find P.E. classes out here in November, December and January. Where prior to ‘06, the whole middle of the field was fenced off due to the wear and tear from the football season and the wet winters. It was an unplayable field all throughout the winter. Now you’ll find baseball out here practicing during the winter, soccer now plays on it in the winter, we have a ton a people out here, Gold Country lacrosse uses it, the Junior Miners use it and all the running groups use it, not only the track but the field for their training.”
The old turf is currently in rolls on a blacktop near the field, with each roll weighing nearly a ton, according to Dellis and Palmer.
The new turf is FieldTurf’s Revolution 360 Coolplay V3 with green-coated rubber, named after the concept of completeness. The Revolution 360 fiber features optimal durability, resilience and feel, according to http://www.fieldturf.com.
Field markings will include football and soccer lines with “Miners” in each endzone and an interlocking “NU” as the center logo.
Adding new turf in Hooper Stadium is one of several upgrades in the past few years including a new track and new scoreboard. Dellis said there are also plans to replace the stadium’s bleachers in the future.
Dellis expects the first game to be played on the new turf will be Nevada Union football’s Blue and Gold Scrimmage Aug. 12. The first regular season football game to be played on it will come Sept. 1 when the Miners host Placer.
The discarded turf experienced several highs and lows during its time in Hooper Stadium. During its lifetime, the Nevada Union football team rose to the top of the section, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship in 2009. The turf was also there when the Miners football team went 0-10 in 2013. It was also the home turf for the Gold Country Stampede in 2016, when they made their state championship run.
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