May 20, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Football team is in the process of receiving a new playing surface at Peden Stadium that will be in place for the start of the 2013 preseason. The installation process of the new turf began last Thursday morning.
Ohio Athletics has selected AstroTurf's Gameday 3D X52 turf system that is currently being installed at Peden Stadium. The system features a two inch pile height, an artificial root zone and a mixture of sand and rubber infill. The AstroTurf design is a similar model that the Michigan State and Cincinnati football teams utilize on its home fields.
"We went through an extensive research process to find the best playing surface for our student-athletes," said Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Jason Farmer. "We're looking forward to seeing the end result."
Peden Stadium's first artificial turf system was installed in the summer of 2002 and has served as the playing surface for Ohio University football for the past 11 years.
"We always strive to give our players the best student-athlete experience possible during their time at Ohio University," said Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations Jason Grooms. "With installation of this new playing surface, our student-athletes will have a first class surface to play and practice on each and every week."