CU To Install State-Of-The-Art Artificial Turf on Football Field
Athens, W.Va. – “This is game day!” stated Athletic Director and Football Coach Greg Quick, as he enthusiastically welcomed guests to the groundbreaking ceremony held in the Concord University Student Center Ballroom, Tuesday, June 27. Nearly 100 guests were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the June O. Shott Field at Callaghan Stadium. In keeping with the sports theme, after the ceremony, guests were invited to a “tailgater” luncheon hosted by Concord University Athletics.
“We will have one of the top three fields in the state,” noted Quick in his introductory remarks. “We want to see a line of traffic at Exit 14 on I77 coming to Athens. We want this field to help us grow and to reflect the quality of this institution.”
Mrs. June O. Shott is providing a majority of the funding for the installation of a state-of-the-art artificial turf in the Athens stadium. College administrators hope to have the new surface installed and ready for the first game, Saturday, September 9.
Matt Hogg, a representative with the Sports Construction Group from Cleveland, Ohio, is in charge of the installation. He explained that his company is owned by Armstrong Flooring and is one of the largest manufacturers of artificial turf in the world. “Right now, two Division I schools, Oklahoma State and the University of Wyoming have this new turf, Desso-DLW, installed. The technology for this turf was pioneered in Europe and is just now coming to the United States. A high school in Indianapolis is the nearest to Concord with this field. Also, the Meadowlands is going to install this turf—the Giants and the Jets play at the Meadowlands.
“The artificial turf will have a monofilament surface, and then sand and rubberized pellets will be embedded to give the surface a realistic feel. Concord will now be able to practice and play on the same field.”
Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley, thanked Mrs. Shott. “We want to thank you for giving us this major boost,” he said. “You have become the sustainer of colleges in this area. There are people who will work very hard to merit your support and to make you glad that you cast your lot with us.”
“Your aim is right down the middle,” stated Concord University Board of Governors Chair, Mr. Ted Rogers, in an analogy to a golf game. “There are many ‘big-time’ universities that do not have this kind of field because of the cost. Due to this lady from our community [Mrs. Shott], we will be able to afford it.”
Rodney Hughey, captain of the Concord University football team, presented Mrs. Shott with a dozen red roses.
“I’m very honored to be here on this great day,” stated Mrs. Shott.
For more information, contact Athletic Director and Football Coach Greg Quick, 1-304-384-5953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: From the left, Chair of the Concord University Board of Governors, Ted Rogers, watches June Shott and Concord President Jerry Beasley break ground for the new June O. Shott Field at Callaghan Stadium.