Joplin, Mo. – Missouri Southern Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman has announced the turf at Fred G. Hughes Stadium will get a facelift this summer.
Entering its 12th year of usage at the facility the turf will be replaced this summer as the school will implement a new color scheme, as well with the surface.
Utilizing the school colors, the turf will consist of five-yard stripes of both green and gold with a twenty-yard strip of solid green at mid-field. A large Lion head logo will be at the fifty-yard line and logos for both the MIAA and NCAA will adorn the field.
"The turf was in need of replacement this year and we thought what better way than to celebrate our school colors then to bring them to life on our football field," Bruggeman said. This is unique to our league, as well as Division II and I look forward to the team playing on the new surface next year. Not only will it be eye-catching, it will also be a safety feature, improving on what was there prior."
Southern joins other football schools such as Eastern Washington, Central Arkansas and Lindenwood-Belleville who have went from the traditional green turf to something different. Boise State was the trendsetter in this department as the field in Boise has been a shade of blue since 1986. Eastern Washington employs an all-red playing surface, while both Central Arkansas and Lindenwood-Belleville alternate colors on their field, like the Lions will.
"Football is a game of tradition," head coach Daryl Daye said. "Whether it is the live tiger at Louisiana State games or Howard's Rock at Clemson, each school has their tradition they employ. I think we can start something here with our turf."
Installation of the turf will begin shortly after the end of the spring season and will be completed before the start of fall practice in August.
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