Jonah Field Ribbon Cutting Highlights 2005 Wyoming Fall Sport Media Day

Aug. 12, 2005


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The 2005 University of Wyoming Fall Sport Media Day was held on Friday, Aug. 12 and was highlighted by a ribbon cutting to dedicate Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

The ribbon cutting included both the John and Mari Ann Martin and Mick and Susie McMurry families, whose $5 million gift on May 6, 2005, led to the naming of the playing surface in War Memorial Stadium, Jonah Field. The name stems from the highly- productive natural gas field in Sublette County, Wyo., by the same name, that was developed by the Martin and McMurry families.

Not only does the playing surface carry a new name, but it features a brand new, state-of-the-art artificial playing surface that was finished earlier in the week. The Desso Challenge Pro 60 turf was installed at a cost of just under $1 million.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, third-year head coach Joe Glenn and his Cowboys were available to media members for photos and interviews.

On Tuesday of this week, Sports Illustrated magazine released its preseason rankings for the 2005 college football season. The SI rankings selected Wyoming No. 25 in the nation entering the 2005 campaign.

The Wyoming Volleyball team, led by second-year head coach Pat Stangle, also had team members available to the media, as did the UW Soccer team under the direction of head coach Anne Moore, who is entering her seventh year at Wyoming.

(L to R) - Senior quarterback Corey Bramlet, Head Coach Joe Glenn, Athletics Director Gary Barta, Chairman UW Athletics-Building for the Future campaign Paul Roach, John Martin, Mari Ann Martin, Susie McMurry, Mick McMurry, UW President Tom Buchanan, former U.S. Senator Al Simpson, junior free safety John Wendling.