Sept. 13, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's new design for Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium has received rave reviews since its completion in June of 2013. The latest review came this week from the national football website FootballScoop.com. FootballScoop ranked its Top-10 college football field designs in the country, and Jonah Field came in at No. 6 and was the top ranked field West of the Mississippi.
The Top 10 included: 1. LSU; 2. East Carolina; 3. Tennessee; 4. North Carolina; 5. Notre Dame; 6. Wyoming; 7. Nebraska; Tie 8. Clemson and Georgia; 9. Maryland; and 10. Boise State.
In describing Wyoming's new design, FootballScoop had this to say, "Like the (North Carolina) Tar Heels, Wyoming's recent changes pushed them into the national consciousness. Also, it's never a bad thing when you can paint an intimdation factor into your field, as the Cowboys do by reminding everyone they're playing a mile and a half above sea level."
Installation of the beautiful new FieldTurf Revolution playing surface at the University of Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium was completed in late June 2013. The field's new features include the image of Wyoming's Teton Mountains in the end zones, and on the sidelines is the lettering "7220 Feet" to distinguish Jonah Field as the highest NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) stadium in the country.
UW's school colors of brown and gameday gold are prevalent throughout. The traditional words "WYOMING" and "COWBOYS" are boldly displayed in brown on a vivid gameday gold background in opposite end zones. Those words appear in a new western-style font. Another traditional element that was incorporated into the design was Wyoming's iconic "Steamboat" symbol of a bucking horse and rider at midfield in brown, outlined in white and gameday gold.
Jonah Field will continue as the name of Wyoming Football's playing surface to commemorate the generous donations to UW Athletics by Mick and Susie McMurry and John and Mari Ann Martin and their families.
The concept of incorporating a unique Wyoming design into the field was that of University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman. Award winning graphic designer David Coleman, who is a UW graduate and Wyoming native from Wheatland, was retained to develop the design.
The Mountain West Regional Manager for FieldTurf is UW graduate and former Cowboy baseball letterwinner Jed Easterbrook. Easterbrook worked extremely hard with his company, FieldTurf, to win the bid, and Easterbrook monitored the installation of the new surface through completion. He was assisted by University of Wyoming Senior Associate Athletics Director Bill Sparks.
The FieldTurf Revolution turf system was selected by Wyoming Athletics due to its elite-level playability. FieldTurf has been installed at many of the top NCAA football stadiums in the country for its grass-like performance and safety.
Installation of the new surface began on Monday, June 10 and was completed on Thursday, June 27 -- under three weeks from beginning to end.
The field includes over 750,000 pounds of crushed rubber to provide cushioning to the playing surface. The various elements of the field were manufactured in Calhoun, Ga., outside Atlanta and then sewn together as the field was installed.
The cost of the field was $500,000, all of which was funded from self-generated dollars with no state funds going to pay for the project. Cost savings of nearly $500,000 came from the excellent condition of the base that was already in place from the installation of Wyoming's original artificial turf surface back in the summer of 2005.