NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College football fans got to see their first glimpse of the brand new playing surface on Setlzer Field on Monday evening.
AstroPlay XPN is a synthetic grass surface with rubber infill that is produced by AstroTurf, LLC. AstroPlay is commonly seen in NFL stadiums such as in the RCA Dome, the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts. The College began on June 13, clearing the field of the old playing surface and installing nearly 90,000 square yards of the new surface. A layer of crushed gravel was the next process to go down on the surface and was followed up by the turf being rolled out and seamed together. Once the turf was in place, the final process was to spread the rubber infill on top of the turf.
“We are so very excited to finally have this project done. It wasn’t easy, a lot of people made sacrifices, but I think that is going to make us appreciate it much more,” said Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Andy Carter.
When asked about the impact the new turf will have on the College, Carter was optimistic of its impact. “The impact really can’t be measured yet but I think that in time it will serve as a catalyst to help us move forward to finishing the facility.”
The Indians will kick-off the 2006 season at Setzler Field this Saturday, as they play host to Edward Waters College at 1:30 p.m.