SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif .– For Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium, it’s with natural grass and with FieldTurf.

Spanos Stadium, which was the only Big Sky conference football facility this fall to still have natural turf, will no longer be able to claim this distinction next fall as turf will be replaced by an artificial surface in the coming months.

Maino Construction of San Luis Obispo is the design-build contractor with Harris Architecture, DPSI Engineering, Thoma Electric and FieldTurf to complete the team.

The plans were completed in November and the launch of the $ 3.2 million project is expected next week, weather permitting. The project, funded by the university, Cal Poly Corporation and other multiple sources, will be completed in time for Cal Poly’s Spring 2022 launch on June 11-12, 2022.

The upper courts of the Cal Poly Sports Complex will also undergo the replacement of their aging surfaces with FieldTurf. This project is separate from the Spanos Stadium project with a schedule from April to September 2022

FieldTurf has been installed at facilities such as Notre Dame Stadium, Lumen Field (formerly CenturyLink Field) in Seattle, Cal Memorial Stadium, Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Montana, Kinnick Stadium in Iowa, football stadiums in Ohio State, Syracuse, UTEP and Wisconsin and Canadian football. League stadiums in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Ottawa, Ontario.

The specific turf installed at Spanos Stadium is FieldTurf Super Elite Vertex Prime with the CORE “system”, a durable 2-fiber product that includes classic HD split-film fibers combined with tough CORE monofilament fibers engineered for excellent performance in the field. long term.

With FieldTurf’s patented “3-layer” infill blend of sand, sand / rubber and rubber, the Super Elite pitch to be installed at Spanos Stadium will have a natural look with excellent ball performance and a data-backed system. independent real security.

The scope of the project includes the removal of existing natural turf with professional grade artificial turf, earthworks and foundation preparations, improved accessibility of the land with new concrete flats and curbs, upgrading of storm sewers and sanitary sewers, new goals and land poles. The earthwork and foundation phases will level the land, adding up to 2.5 feet of infill to the existing land at the south end of the facility.

Field strips and logos for football and soccer are also included. In addition to these sports, the field will host rodeos and general events such as debuts, large gatherings, concerts, etc.

Cal Poly football teams from 1905 to 1934 played on an open pitch at the current location of Cal Poly Stadium before Mustang Stadium was built in 1935 with steel bleachers on the east side. Wooden racks and a press box were added on the west side in 1938.

The stands on the east side were enlarged twice in the 1970s. The wooden press box and supports on the west side were replaced in the late 1980s with temporary metal stands and scaffolding for the press box. for the next 15 years. The rental bleachers in the southern end area were replaced with permanent seats in 2013.

Construction of the current west side facility, comprising eight donor suites, a presidential suite, two practice booths and 3,480 seats on California Boulevard, began in September 2005 and was completed in time for the season. 2007. The new washrooms, stadium lighting and sound systems as well as the Mustang Memorial Plaza were also part of the $ 21.5 million project.

Recent Maino construction projects at Cal Poly include the Hoffman Press Box at Baggett Stadium and the Mustang Golf Academy at Dairy Creek Golf Course. Maino Construction was also the general contractor for the Mott Athletics Center, built in the late 1950s, and the 2006 expansion of the Alex G. Spanos stadium as well as the addition of the Mustang Memorial Plaza.