Excavation and prep work -- and eventually installation of red turf -- may now be viewed via a link at www.goeags.com
A 24-hour web cam is now available at www.goeags.com for viewing of Eastern Washington University’s Red Turf Project, which began on Monday (June 14) with the start of excavation work at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.
The projected completion date is Sept. 3, with the inaugural game on the red turf taking place Sept. 18 versus Montana, scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Pacific time. When the project is completed, the field will be re-named Roos Field in appreciation for the $500,000 pledge made by Michael and Katherine Roos toward the project.
Sprintfurf Inc., based in Wayne, Pa., received the contract to install the first red turf, which is the first of its kind, not just in NCAA Division I football, but in the entire country. The excavation and prep work is being performed by Pauletto Trucking and Excavation in Spokane, which was also a sub-contractor for the Sprinturf field that was installed in 2005 at Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane.
Other contractors involved in the project include Coffman Engineers and Geo Engineers, both based in Spokane, with financing of the project provided by U.S. Bank and approved by the EWU Foundation and EWU Board of Trustees.
The official start of of the project began Saturday (June 12) with a “turfbreaking” ceremony at Woodward Field on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash. More information on that event may be found at: http://goeags.com/genrel/releases/10atJune12Turfbreaking