AstroTurf In The News

Signature Moment for USF Football Field

Cougars will mark their territory with color, name as the school upgrades Bob Young Field.

Most folks who follow or are a part of Northern Sun Conference football would agree that the University of Sioux Falls’ Bob Young Field ranks among the top stadiums in the 16-team conference. But even so, the playing surface always was lacking in one area.

University of Sioux Falls Bob Young Football Field

“When I came here to interview I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is a Division II Stadium,'” says athletic director Josh Snyder, who just completed his first year on the job. “Then I walked up to the glass (in the press box) and looked down on the field and the first thing I noticed was this plain green field with a bunch of soccer lines on it. There was no logo, no nothing.”

That’s finally going to change.

Rain Not A Problem For Saluki Baseball

An old poem about the Milwaukee Braves’ pitching staff was famously boiled down to “Spahn and Sain, then pray fro rain,” in reference to the limited talent of the pitching staff beyond Johnny Sain and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn.

SIU Itchy Jones Stadium

With two pitchers done for the season and three others having missed time this season, the SIU baseball team might welcome a rainout or two. However, the AstroTurf ® of Abe Martin Field at Itchy Jones Stadium would need to see a flood of near-biblical proportions before becoming unplayable.

The artificial turf, installed as part of the facility’s $4.2 million renovation before the 2014 baseball season, can take up to eight inches of rain per hour and still drain enough to host baseball.