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More on Commonwealth’s move to synthetic turf

A big piece of news that didn’t get enough attention yesterday was Mark Stoops’ announcement that Commonwealth Stadium is moving to synthetic turf after next season. Stoops said that since the stadium will be undergoing the majority of its renovation next summer, it’s the right time to make the move, which will allow the team to maximize their practice time at the stadium. Right now, because of the temperate climate in Kentucky, it’s just not possible to play on the field very often for fear of tearing it up:

“Our field has been disappointing to me. Our grounds crew does a phenomenal job. They work their tails off and do an incredible job, but the fact of the matter is that we can not get on that field that much.”

Take a look here, four other SEC schools play on synthetic turf: Missouri, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. The switch to synthetic turf is happening more and more for schools in areas with climates like Kentucky’s. On this morning’s show, Jared Lorenzen pointed out that the move to turf may also mean the KHSAA Championship could move to Commonwealth Stadium in the future, which would be awesome. This move to newly invented synthetics is not exclusive to the sport realms, children’s playgrounds are also getting revamped with surfaces you can read up on on sites like these new developments certainly seem like imprvements on paper, but what do you think?

Do you approve of the move to synthetic bluegrass?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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18 Comments for More on Commonwealth’s move to synthetic turf

  1. Dwight Schrute
    5:47 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Would like to see a White base color in Endzone with Blue Lettering and sidelines white/blue alternating. Also, much bigger midfield logo and would like to see midfield logo go back to just being the power-K

  2. Rei
    5:57 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Years ago they had the outline of the state on the 25 yard lines with the SEC logo, that’d be cool to see again. The only thing about turf that might be scary is some foot injuries, all in all it’s a good move though.

  3. E3
    6:02 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Like the turf but Commonwealth a horrible venue for championships. Too big put 5k in for a game and is just empty space.

  4. Charles E. Schulz
    6:15 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    I envision Snoopy, on his Dog House, in his best and brilliant ‘voice over’, intensely….at the decision maker (Charlie Brown) replacing the lawn: Boooooooooooooooo



  5. Japrick
    6:21 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Hard to imagine the state school of the bluegrass state not having grass on their football field, but that’s just the irony talking. And before anyone says that’s not what irony means… a word means what it’s meant to mean, you know what I mean?

    • Rei
      6:23 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

      Well it is Friday night so go ahead and finish that bottle.

  6. jeff j
    6:55 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    i was hoping for a good ole Ky ragweed field. let it grow 2 feet tall, lose the ball, opponents sneeze uncontrollably, we get it and go to the zone. other wise , humans AND animals are not put together to run on turf. (ask keenland) … or secretariat . GO CATS !!!

  7. Brandon
    7:07 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    It’s about time! Now I’m looking at you KHSAA. The high school state championship needs to be in lexington!

  8. JJ
    7:16 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    I would love to see the POWER K at the 50 yard line!! And I agree that we need to put the state outline on the 25’s. We need to integrate the state outline into ALL sports! This is the Commonwealth’s team!

    • jaws2
      8:28 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

      Yep, this is the Commonwealth’s TEAM ! Ask Cal !!

  9. classof68
    7:49 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Worst UK football news since announcing Joker as coach in waiting.

  10. ScatCat
    8:53 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Blue endzones would be cool.

  11. martin
    9:01 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    I like the real turf. Isnt it bluegrass? I may be wrong but I thought it was the only bluegrass field. Anyone know about that? It has made us unique with our history.

    • CPACAT
      8:21 am July 19, 2014 Permalink

      I think (but don’t know for sure) that the grass at Commonwealth Stadium is bermuda grass. That is why the grass turns brown late in the fall every season, while our bluegrass yards remain green.

  12. jimlowe7
    9:49 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink


  13. ok-cats-computer
    11:57 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Two things that remind me that I’m getting old: 1) I hate the move to synthetic turf; and 2) I’m strongly against the idea of selling the naming rights to Commonwealth Stadium. Unfortunately, both of those things will likely occur in the name of progress. Now get off my (real grass) lawn.

  14. Tom
    10:52 am July 19, 2014 Permalink

    That’s a new angle!
    Blame it on the field.

  15. UKBlue1!
    1:58 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    I like real grass but if they are going to do it. I say do solid blue endzones with white lettering. I like the Idea of having a big outline of the State in the middle of the field with a wildcat coming out of it.