The Wichitan

Turf fields pose challenges for athletes

Robert Sayler, business freshmen, watches for an opportunity to get the ball when the soccer players gathered the week before official practice began to run plays on the new turf field. Earlier in the week, coaches had recorded temperatures approaching 150˚F on the turf field. Photo by Bradley Wilson.

Kara McIntyre

August 17, 2016

The summers in Wichita Falls are not exactly known to be moderate with an average high of 97.8˚F and record high of 117˚F.But with the conversion of all practice fields from grass to turf, athletes are learning to endure even higher temperatures and learning to pour water in their shoes to keep thei...

Field turf installations to be completed before fall semester

The old football practice and rec fields are under construction to put in new turf fields, including one turf football practice field, the progress as of April 19. Photo by Justin Marquart

Jared Tuilagi

April 20, 2016

Two grass fields are being changed into field turf and will be completed before the beginning of the fall semester. For the past five years, these fields have been ideal for the university's sports and recreational use. From the "drought" the city has been in, to the space needed for more recreational u...

Softball field update will save water, money

Softball field update will save water, money

Samuel Sutton

February 10, 2016

Although Wichita Falls was removed from all drought categories by the United States Drought Monitor last May, the lack of rainfall had already taken a toll on campus athletic and recreational fields, leaving the grass parched.For the softball field, reprieve came in the form of new turf to replace...

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