Crews from the Sports Construction Group L.L.C. of Brecksville, Ohio, put the finishing touches on the turf replacement project at Youngstown State's Beede Field/Stambaugh Stadium on Friday.
SCG installed a Shaw Sportexe PowerBlade HP+ synthetic turf system, which combines the appearance of natural grass with the engineered performance of modern synthetic turf. It is specially designed to enhance player speed and performance while providing for maximum player safety.
The new turf has already been put to good use. The Penguins held five summer camps on the surface during the week and on Saturday hosted a Youth Football Camp with more than 100 children in attendance. Next week the YSU Football Coaching Staff will hold four more camps at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Penguins are one of four Division I football programs to play on the surface. Arkansas's Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Middle Tennessee State's Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium and UC Davis's Aggie Stadium are the only other PowerBlade HP+ Division I fields.
Stambaugh Stadium is home to the YSU football and soccer programs and plays host to high school football games, numerous intramural events and Health and Physical Education classes.
Through careful planning, the funding for the project comes from a reserve plant fund dedicated solely for the replacement of the stadium's turf.
Graphically, Beede Field will feature a Pete the Penguin at midfield with red end zones and the word "Penguins" in white outlined in black.
The home opener for the YSU soccer team is August 28 against Robert Morris while the football team will play host to Valparaiso on Sept. 10.