The grassy field at Cal Poly’s Spanos Stadium, home to college football and soccer teams, will soon be replaced with FieldTurf brand artificial turf.
The upgrade will end a unique distinction for Cal Poly: its stadium was the last Big Sky conference football facility with natural turf, according to a press release from Cal Poly.
The professional-grade surface “will have a natural look with excellent ball performance and a system backed by independent, long-term real safety data,” Cal Poly said.
The upgrade costs around $ 3.2 million and is funded by the university, Cal Poly Corp. and other sources.
Work is scheduled to begin next week depending on weather conditions and completion is scheduled in time for Cal Poly’s Spring 2022 launch ceremony, scheduled for June 11-12, 2022.
The project is managed by Maino Construction of San Luis Obispo.
The scope of the Spanos stadium project includes the removal of the existing turf and the replacement of the turf with artificial turf. Field strips and logos for football and soccer are also included.
The plans also include improving land accessibility by adding new flat and concrete curbs, upgrading storm and sanitary sewers, and installing new land goals and poles, the statement said.
In addition to hosting football and soccer matches, the grounds of Spanos Stadium will be used for rodeos and big events like back-to-school, big gatherings, concerts and more, according to Cal Poly.
Spanos Stadium isn’t the only sports-related construction project planned on campus.
In April 2022, the old Cal Poly sports complex surface will be replaced by FieldTurf, the statement said. This project is separate from the work on the Spanos stadium and is scheduled to take place from April to September.