Safety a priority as new turf added to practice field

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 13, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Our field is open for use to U of R athletes and community sports groups. (front l-r) Katie Chun and Jesse Engen are members of Futbol Club Regina shown here with Nikita Senko, member of the Cougars Women’s soccer team and  Jack Louisdort, a member of the U of R Rams.
Our field is open for use to U of R athletes and community sports groups. (front l-r) Katie Chun and Jesse Engen are members of Futbol Club Regina shown here with Nikita Senko, member of the Cougars Women’s soccer team and Jack Louisdort, a member of the U of R Rams. Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography

The University of Regina field is sporting a new look.

The new artificial turf has now been installed and is ready for use.

“It’s really nice turf,” says Jack Louisdort, a defensive back with the U of R Rams. “I do believe this will allow us to have the best of the best and it starts with where we train.”

Nikita Senko, a forward with the U of R Cougars Women’s soccer team, noticed the difference the moment she walked onto the new field.

“It’s awesome. It feels incredible to walk on. It doesn’t feel like cement anymore,” says Senko. “We do a lot of pivoting and sharp turns. This is more realistic to grass which makes it less likely for us to get ACL (knee-joint area) tears which are common with soccer players.”

The new field was installed by FieldTurf, the same company that laid down the turf at the new Mosaic Stadium.

turf close up
This field features a three-layer infill system, which has proven to minimize joint-related injuries. Photo – External Relations
FieldTurf, founded in Canada, is a major player in the artificial turf business.

It has installed fields at major league sports venues around the world.  

Numerous American and Canadian Universities have turned to FieldTurf, including the University of Alberta, Western University and Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

The job at the U of R started in April when the install team started removing the old field, which had been around since 2004.

“Taking into account the extreme weather the turf would have endured we have received a good return on that field,” says Dr. Harold Riemer, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

By the time the job was done, FieldTurf workers laid 120,000 square feet of turf with 1.2 million pounds of sand and rubber.  

 “The field turf technology has improved a great deal in the last 12 to 13 years. The new artificial turf field is the Revolution 360 product from FieldTurf. Revolution 360 is installed with a three-layer infill system, which has been proven to minimize joint-related injuries,” says Riemer. “The safety of U of R student-athletes is important and having a quality playing surface ensures they are competing on a safe surface”  

The Regina sports community will also benefit. The field is used extensively by thousands of athletes from the Regina area including the Regina Soccer Association, Football Saskatchewan, and the Queen City United Soccer Club.
 
The new field cost approximately $820,000. The University and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies have been setting aside funds into a special purpose account for a number of years.

“We will continue with this practice so that when it comes time to replace the new field, we will be able to do so,” says Riemer. “We have been preparing for this replacement for some time now. This field is a tremendous asset for the University and the Regina community.”