The new blue turf at Albertsons Stadium is being placed in a hurry, and it sure looks a lot more, well, blue than the last version.
Construction began last month on removing the old turf, which had been in place since 2010. Earlier this week, the new turf started to be placed at Boise State, piece by piece, while removing the old surface as the crew moved along to preserve the underlying base.
The base “can’t be exposed to UV light for a long period of time,” said Bob Carney, Boise State’s senior associate athletic director for strategic planning and capital projects.
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Boise State said it plans for the new turf to be fully in place by the end of May. The look is slightly changed from the previous editions, and appears to be a much sharper blue than the most recent version. It also will be a bit bigger than usual, stretching farther toward the east stands.
The rubber pellets that protect the turf and add some cushioning have yet to be placed, so the final product likely will appear a little darker, but it still is apparent the new look will be quite bright.
Boise State assistant athletic director/student athlete development Sara Swanson posted a photo Tuesday of the turf’s progress that showed the old and new fields simultaneously.