The 2022 Arizona Football season is just around the corner, and the Wildcats are currently in the process of replacing their old turf with a new synthetic surface.
It has been a busy off-season for Arizona Football as the Wildcats have been working to transform its roster. However, while that has been happening, Arizona has also been working tirelessly to transform parts of Arizona Stadium as well. One of those parts is its artificial turf.
Making news yesterday, we learned that Arizona is finally replacing its old artificial playing surface inside Arizona Stadium.
As you may recall, previous head coach Rich Rodriguez was a big proponent of adding artificial turf, as he felt it makes teams play faster on the surface. And to a degree, he was right.
Plus, it made sense that Arizona used a playing surface that required less water use in the desert of all places.
So in 2013, Arizona made the plunge, replacing its real grass with a synthetic surface that was unique to college football at the time.
Well, fast forward eight years, and Arizona Football is finally replacing the artificial turf with a new and improved synthetic surface.
The project is currently underway inside Arizona Stadium and is projected to last until July. Running on an estimated budget of $1.4 million, Arizona will replace its synthetic turf and will also redo the surrounding running track area to counter the effects of normal wear and tear.
Currently, the school is in its early stages of the project as they have begun removing the existing field and are clearing a path for underground irrigation and conduit work to be added/replaced as well.
There is currently no information on whether Arizona will keep the ‘Bear Down’ wording that was featured on the previous turf; however, the turf will be improved.
The technology has advanced significantly over the past eight years since the last time Arizona added an artificial surface, and the new surface should be easier on athletes’ joints and not quite as hot under the Arizona sun.
You can watch and track the project here! -> Live Project Camera