Troy Renovates Veteran's Stadium Field

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

Bye-bye Astro turf, hello ProGrass! Veterans Memorial Stadium will be the third Sun Belt Conference venue to receive a state-of-the-art playing surface.

Head coach Larry Blakeney has been pushing for upgrades for the football program for awhile.

"This certainly is a positive move, anytime you see something new go down in a stadium, you're inspired," said Blakeney.

Troy University announced in February it raised over $167 million towards a $200 million capital campaign goal.

Veterans Memorial Stadium joins Louisiana-Lafayette's Cajun Field and South Alabama's Ladd-Pebbles Stadium to receive state-of-the-art playing surface.

Blakeney has pushed for upgrading stadium facilities because he believes top-notch facilities help attract top-notch recruits.

"I think that that's certainly a factor in college football. If you look around the country, especially the bigger schools, bigger levels, they don't ever quit building. They're always building," said Blakeney.

For the first time since moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2001, Veterans Memorial Stadium will be the site of six home games this upcoming season.

Their 2012 schedule includes visits from Mississippi State and Navy, which are the first-ever SEC and Service Academy schools to play in Troy.

Installation of the new ProGrass surface is expected to take approximately three weeks and will be finished before football reports for fall camp.

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