UNL Outdoor Athletic Fields

UNL Outdoor Athletic Fields

Over the past 15 years, we have designed several outdoor practice and performance field projects for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the area northeast of Memorial Stadium.
 
Most recently, we completed a fast-tracked project to create an artificial turf field to the east of the Hawks Championship Center. That project was completed (design through bidding through construction) between April 2010 and August 1, 2010 in time for Fall camp. The new field is identical to the Memorial Stadium field in terms of the same crown, artificial turf material, striping, and lighting conditions. However, rather than the clay subsurface found in Memorial Stadium, this field utilized a new advanced sand binder, made up of fibers mixed into the sand to compress the sand beneath the turf. This is a new technique for transforming a grass field into an artificial turf field. The new artificial turf field also features sprinklers so that the field can be washed as needed to ensure proper hygiene and reduce static electricity. At times, the Husker football team also waters the field for practices, to replicate rain conditions on artificial turf.
 
Our past work on the fields includes both reconfiguration and resurfacing projects. In 2001, we designed improvements that removed the former Buck Beltzer Ballpark and replaced it with a new football practice field. At the same time, we re-designed an existing football practice field. In 2004, we designed the Hawks Championship Center, and this project also included the renovation of an outdoor football practice field. These fields featured natural turf, sand-based athletic field systems with subdrainage systems, growing medium and irrigation. Lighting is consistent with NCAA Division I requirements. We also designed the soccer performance field that is the infield of the Ed Weir Track and Field Stadium, and the indoor synthetic turf field inside the Hawks Center.