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SportsWrap
Look, Ma: No grass stains.

Ahh, fresh-mown grass—only not. Skidmore is replacing two athletic fields with StadiumTurf, made of polyethylene-alloy fibers and in-filled with rounded sand and rubber particles. The same surface is in use at several National Football League stadiums, universities, and big-league soccer fields, where it’s getting rave reviews for its cushiony, nonabrasive resilience, as well as its durability and ease of maintenance. Cleats grab and release safely, snow can be plowed away, and rainwater drains through without washing away the fine, dense
in-fill.

Over the summer the new surface was nstalled in Skidmore’s stadium complex, replacing its aging flat-carpet style of artificial turf. The stadium is now the main arena for lacrosse and soccer—sports that widely prefer the long-textured surface—as well as many intramural sports.

Field hockey, for which the carpetlike surface is still the gold standard, will lose the stadium but gain its own new field. For the new field-hockey venue, artificial “short turf” is replacing the grass of the practice field behind the sports center, at Clement and Clinton Streets.

And the all-grass softball field in that area is also being rebuilt. With a “skinned” dirt infield and long artificial turf, as well as a permanent, precise home-run fence, the proper diamond will meet NCAA championship standards. Athletics director Gail Cummings-Danson says, “The new surfaces are a visible sign of the college’s commitment to top-notch facilities. That’s good for recruiting, good for athlete safety, and good for our recreational programs.”

T’bred hotline. For all team results and player awards, call 518-580-5393 anytime or go to www.skidmore.edu and click “athletics.”

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