The 2022 Arizona Football season is quickly approaching, and already the Wildcats have replaced their old and worn turf with a new synthetic surface.
It has been one hell of an off-season for Arizona Football, and as the Wildcats have been busy transforming its roster, the same could be said about their stadium as the University of Arizona has been busy replacing their synthetic playing surface as well.
For those that recall, Arizona announced roughly two months ago that they would finally be replacing its old artificial playing surface inside Arizona Stadium.
Ditching natural grass in 2013, the unique playing surface has graced the confines of Arizona Stadium for nine seasons, after originally being installed for Rich Rodriguez’s fast-paced spread teams.
Well, after two months of construction, Arizona Football has finally replaced its artificial turf with a new and improved synthetic surface.
The project began in May but is now fully operational for the 2022 football season and beyond. Using an estimated budget of $1.4 million, Arizona replaced the synthetic turf, while also redoing the surrounding running track area.
The technology has improved significantly over the past several years, and the new surface should be easier on athletes’ joints, as well as provide a cooler playing surface under the hot, Arizona sun.
It’s all in the details:
The first thing you notice with the new turf is that Arizona has ditched the faint ‘Bear Down’ logo that could be seen on the previous turf.
Beyond that, the end zones look a bit different. Instead of Arizona being in both end zones, the north end zone says ‘Arizona’, meanwhile, the South end zone now says Wildcats.
Lastly, the number font is a bit different too. Instead of the bolded font, you see in several high schools, college, and pro stadiums across the U.S., the Wildcats have gone with a sleeker, sharper look.
You can still see the project cameras online here! -> Live Project Camera