The Southern Staff
CARBONDALE – Artificial turf installation for the playing field of the new Saluki Stadium is complete, officials announced Thursday.
Byrne & Jones Construction, Inc., the St. Louis-based company, responsible for installing the turf, said the field is ready for SIU football’s first home game September 2.
The turf – Duraspine PRO from maker FieldTurf – is a high-end artificial material that is also used by the New England Patriots, Byrne & Jones representatives said.
It features two-and-a-half inch grass blades and was installed in 15-foot-wide panels between the field’s sidelines.