'The Joan' gets new surface
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's football team is getting a new playing surface in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The 9-year-old FieldTurf was pulled up this week and a new AstroTurf carpet will be in place in about one month, weather permitting. It is the fourth resurfacing since Joan C. Edwards Stadium opened in 1991.
Cost of the project is $750,000, a report on HerdZone.com said.
AstroTurf LLC will install its GameDay Grass MTO brand, which is also on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex and the same version that will be in the new Indoor Athletic Facility being built next to the stadium that is expected to open in the fall.
Synthetic turf will also replace the grassy hillside behind the south end zone.
Through the contract with AstroTurf, the old turf belongs to the contractor and it is up to the company to distribute or dispose of it. No pieces will be available for purchase by Marshall fans.