New turf installed at Saluki Stadium, old turf donated to animal shelter

Turf donated to animal shelter

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Saluki Stadium has new turf.

FieldTurf Classic HD was installed at the stadium, replacing the original turf that was put down in 2010.

Crews started removing old turf at Saluki Stadium on Monday, May 6.

According to Tom Weber, director of media services for Southern Illinois University Athletics, the Board of Trustees passed the turf replacement project at Saluki Stadium in December 2018.

He said the old turf had a 10-year lifespan. After nine years and 10 seasons, he said it had reached it’s end.

Weber said the new turf will have the new Saluki logo on it, which was announced in February.

The new turf is described as softer to the touch and less abrasive, but still durable. It was designed with a high-end polymer and UV stabilizers, along with a unique fibre shape and cut pattern.

The turf system features three-layer infill and the coating system is said to leave the backing 40 percent porous for better drainage.

New turf at Saluki stadium

The old turf didn’t go to waste, though.

A total of 23,000 pounds of the turf was donated to St. Francis CARE, an animal shelter in Murphysboro, Ill.

The old turf used for the football field at SIU is now being used for a play area at the St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter in Murphysboro. (Source: KFVS)
The old turf used for the football field at SIU is now being used for a play area at the St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter in Murphysboro. (Source: KFVS)

It’ll be used to create a new space for their dogs to play on, something president Diane Daughtery said they’d be able to use 365 days of the year.

“We like our dogs to socialize with one another, and to get good exercise and our play yards are in use all the time, but the amount of rain we’ve had they are just mud pits,” Daughtery said. “We don’t wan’t our dogs in mud and everything having to give them baths all the time so the AstroTurf is just a blessing in disguise.”

Daughtery said it took a community effort to move the turf to Murphysboro, with help from Venegoni distributing and RP Lumber.

Now, they are looking for someone to help install it.

Anyone wanting to help can contact St. Francis CARE at (618) 687-2079.

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