Old turf removed from Lyon Field

Post date: Jan 24, 2019 4:08:51 PM

Turf removal panorama

In December the Bartlesville Board of Education approved a $452,000 contract with United Turf and Track of Edmond to replace the artificial turf on Lyon Field at Custer Stadium. The former grass Custer Field was renamed the E. H. "Ted" Lyon Field at Custer Stadium in 2008 in recognition of a $650,000 donation by the Lyon Foundation to install Momentum 41 artificial turf.

That initial installation has reached the end of its projected ten-year lifespan. Supt. Chuck McCauley shared, "We are very fortunate that the Lyon Foundation paid for the turf originally. The agreement was that the foundation would pay for it, and the district would maintain it and replace it when it was time.” Drainage improvements made as part of the initial installation reduced the cost of the replacement, with funding for the turf replacement coming from the district's 2016 bond issue.

The new turf will make Bartlesville High School the first in the state to feature a shock padding underlay with AstroTurf Rootzone 3D3 Blend to provide better shock absorbency and protection for players. The shock pad will be installed between the sub-base layer and the turf and includes a 25-year warranty. Superintendent McCauley has stated, "I am really excited about the opportunity to install a shock pad and feel like this is the best product for our students."

The new turf scheduled to arrive on campus on Friday, January 25 is the type that has been used for practice facilities at OSU and OU. The district is wanting the new installation completed around February 23 before Bruin soccer starts in early March, with a $1,000 penalty option if the target date is not met.

The new turf logos will use Lagoon Blue as a match for the light blue of the Bruins, navy blue, and white, with different shades of green every 10 yards. Instead of permanent soccer lines, temporary ones will be painted on for soccer season and should flake off with the weather over time.

The used turf has been made available for uses around Bartlesville, with the city opting to take some for use at Price Field and other organizations taking advantage of the opportunity.

Turf rolled up

The turf installed in 2008 has been rolled up and removed from Lyon Field

Removed turf rolls

Some of the rolls of removed turf have been claimed by the city and other organizations for re-use elsewhere