UCLA’s Spaulding Field has long been the most glaring problem facing the UCLA football squad’s facilities issue. The thing is only 80 yards long and the grass/turf on the field is awful; it’s often been to blame for the injuries that occur during practices, including the incredible amount of injuries during this Spring Practice.
Now, that damned field is getting an upgrade, and it’s about damn time. From ESPN.com:
Construction crews began work Monday on an $800,000 project to replace the grass surface and the maligned artificial turf surface at Spaulding Field. The project is expected to be completed well before the team returns from training camp at Cal State San Bernardino on Aug. 17.
The new artificial turf field will be made of AstroTurf Game Day 3D Extreme, a surface designed to help eliminate depressions and uneven areas that some players and coaches have blamed for several injuries since the school installed the old turf in 2006.
We’re glad these renovations are underway. The price tag — $800,000 — seems high, but that’s because neither you nor I make that much money, dear reader.
It’ll be nice to have better turf so guys don’t get hurt on the practice field, but the damn thing is still 80 yards, which is less than the necessary 100 yards (just in case some of you guys aren’t math majors; I’m in the same boat).
For now, the turf upgrade will suffice (since neither you nor I are funding it), and it’s a hell of an upgraded, and a much needed one.
Hopefully we get this 80-yard-field thing straightened out, though.