San José State University Football Upgrades to AstroTurf

23 August 2017

Last August, San José State University’s Spartan Stadium got a new name. Just before the winter chill, Spartan fans heated up with the return of San José native and former Spartan assistant coach Brent Brennan as the new football head coach. This summer, there is a new state-of-the-art AstroTurf® playing surface inside CEFCU Stadium.

When the 2017 season kicks off on Saturday, August 26 in a nationally televised game vs. preseason #21-USF (South Florida), San José State will be playing on AstroTurf’s Rhino Blend turf system. This product combines slit film and High Micron monofilament fibers for a surface that is engineered to deliver outstanding durability and premium aesthetics. The new turf will sit atop a newly established Brock pad for enhanced safety and performance.

“It is important that we invest annually in our football program and the new AstroTurf playing surface reflects that commitment,” says San José State University director of athletics Marie Tuite. “The field looks incredible and I know our student-athletes and fan base are ecstatic about the new surface.”

For the first time in the Spartans’ 124-year history of college football, they will be playing their home games on a two-toned, alternating light and dark green design from goal line to goal line.

“For starters, aesthetically, it looks incredible. Our players notice it. Everyone who flies over CEFCU Stadium into Mineta San José International Airport notices how the colors pop, how bright it is and how good the Spartan head logo looks (at midfield),” says head coach Brennan, whose players say the surface plays “fast.”

“We’ve practiced on it. Our players are flying around. It’s so much better than where we were a year ago and in the springtime before the new surface came in. It’s outstanding to have our stadium coming together before the first game. It’s going to be a great surface for our opener against South Florida. We can’t wait to show our fans what we can do.”

Valley Precision Grading of Rancho Cordova, California, a certified AstroTurf installer, tackled the site work and artificial turf installation at the stadium. The new playing field is part of a multi-year renovation plan for the stadium that will be funded in part by revenue from the sale of naming rights.

San José State is one of only three major college football programs in California to play their home games on artificial turf, but the turf market is expanding in the Golden State. AstroTurf is experiencing huge growth in the state, with annual field installations increasing by 400% between 2010 and 2015.