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Arizona Stadium Field Turf Design Released

By Jason Bartel -- February 18, 2013 2:05 PM EST

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As part of the ongoing face lift that Arizona Stadium is undergoing, the natural grass will be replaced by Field Turf for the 2013 season. The field's design was released by Athletic Director Greg Byrne on his twitter account.

One thing that really stands out is the shadowy "BEARDOWN" that stretches across almost the entire field. Should be interesting to see how that actually looks in person and on TV. The artificial surface is just one of many changes that the stadium will see before the start of the 2013 season. The entire north end of the stadium has been rebuilt, turning the stands into a full bowl around the new playing field. Also, the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility is expected to be completed by the start of the 2013 season. The new football offices are part of the brand new concourse that will also now make a full loop around the stadium. These changes go along with a multitude of other upgrades throughout the stadium, including the giant video board in the south end.

Since arriving in Tucson on May 1, 2010, Greg Byrne has clearly made it his mission to turn the University of Arizona sports facilities into some of the best in the country. Arizona Stadium needed these changes, having been around since 1928. Coming from an SEC school in Mississippi State, he knows the importance of having a successful football program, and everything that goes into having one: the improvements to the stadium, building a separate football facility, and hiring the big names (RichRod). It's obvious to most fans that the transition to field turf is part of the RichRod plan, improving speed in his offensive scheme, taking advantage of the athletes he will bring in.

McKale Center is about to start undergoing some major renovations as well to improve the basketball facilities. And baseball moved into Hi Corbett Field last year, where they are now 1

for 1 in winning national championships. That stadium has also seen some major changes during the offseason, and will be unveiled to the public on opening day on Friday, February 15th. The changes for all the athletic facilities have been enormous over the last several years, but will they bring continued success to the entire athletics department?

Arizona fans sure hope so.

Photo tweeted by University of Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne

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