Field design for new stadium will recognize Sonny Lubick Field naming

11 April 2017

The playing surface at Colorado State Universitys new on-campus stadium will bear the name Sonny Lubick Field and feature an alternating pattern of two shades of green, it was revealed Monday when the field design was unveiled to the public.

Installation of the first sections of turf, manufactured by Shaw Sports Turf, is scheduled to begin this week, and will be completed by early May. Based in Calhoun, Ga., Shaw Sports Turf is an industry leader in sports turf innovation. A brand new Shaw Sports Turf playing surface was installed in March at Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseballs Tampa Bay Rays. Collegiate stadiums using Shaw Sports Turf include Arkansas, SMU and Vanderbilt.

Synthetic fields represent the most consistent playing surface, said Joe Parker, CSUs Director of Athletics. Shaw Sports Turf is an innovator, a market leader and a proven partner. We are excited to have their expertise engaged in our project. Shaw and their people deliver a state-of-the-art product through a quality service experience at an extraordinary value.

The field design features a dark CSU green in the end zones and alternating lighter shades of green every five yards from goal line to goal line. The midfield area, from one 40-yard line displays the lightest shade of green with a large Ram head logo at midfield.

We had meaningful discussions with the coaching staff, administrative team, project consultants and others on campus as we refined and determined a design direction for the field, Parker said. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to seeing the field used in live action and on television.

Large block letters spell out Sonny Lubick Field in four places, in the immediate sideline perimeter between the goal line and 20-yard line at all four corners of the field. The MW block logo, in green and gold, appears on the 25-yard line in the southwest and northeast quadrants of the field.

Sonny Lubick Field, as well as the new practice fields, will feature Shaw Sports Turfs Power Blade Pro system. The system features Shaws revolutionary Bolt fiber. Bolt is a stronger, more resilient monofilament fiber, featuring a lightning bolt shape which creates a stronger vertical axis that causes fibers to stand upright for less breakdown and increased durability. Bolt is specifically built for performance and to reflect light for a lower luster and more natural looking field.

Colorado State University, under Joe Parker and the entire athletics team, has demonstrated a commitment to having first class facilities, said Dave Lange, Territory Manager with Shaw Sports Turf. These facilities enhance the educational experience for student athletes and the entire student body. As for the stadium and practice fields, we believe the quality of the field must meet the level of play and that makes our PowerBlade Bolt system the perfect match to make the Rams one of the premier programs in college sports.

The overall installation time for the stadium playing surface is scheduled to span approximately one month. The installation of the Rams new practice fields adjacent to the west side of the new stadium is expected to be completed by June 1. That expanse will include one full field and a second field that will be split between an 85 yard lined playing field and a 30 yard by 30 yard drills area for the offensive line.

The new on-campus stadium at Colorado State will bring Rams football games back to campus for the first time in 50 years and magnify the engagement opportunities for the entire university. The USD 220 million, 727,000 squarefoot facility replaces Hughes Stadium, located three miles west of campus, where Colorado State played from 1968-2016.

The new stadium combines all of the Rams football training facilities and offices on the west side, and the Alumni Center, classroom space and the Collaborative for Student Achievement on the east side. With a capacity of 41,000, the stadium features 23 private suites, 875 club seats and 43 loge boxes, as well as a 50.5 x 84 videoboard at the south end. The first game in the stadium will kick off Saturday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m., when the Rams host Pac12 opponent Oregon State.