STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford’s 16th season at the Varsity Field Hockey Turf will be highlighted by the addition of a new synthetic turf playing field.
Partnering with AstroTurf, installation for the surface began in June and was completed in early August. The latest project represents the third AstroTurf field on The Farm, following up recent practice field installations for football and soccer.
The Varsity Turf field will feature the AstroTurf System 90 product, which combines the traditional knitted nylon top cloth with a 3/8 inch Armacell pad. AstroTurf fields have long been regarded as the unequivocal standard for field hockey performance and are the preferred surface by coaches and players for their playability, durability and low maintenance.
“This state-of-the-art surface will provide several benefits to our program and enhance the overall playing experience for our student-athletes,” said head coach Tara Danielson, who has directed the Cardinal to a 48-17 record over three seasons. “The AstroTurf will allow for fast, dynamic play and help us greatly in our continuing effort to secure home matches against some of the nation’s top teams. We are excited for the opportunity to showcase our team on the new turf and look forward to the completing of the field hockey facility project.”
AstroTurf is recognized as the Official Artificial Surface Provider of both USA Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
"The new turf represents an excellent opportunity for our team to further showcase our fast, competitive and skilled style of play,” said senior captain and leading returning scorer Hope Burke. “My teammates and I could not be more excited to host top teams in the future. We are really happy and grateful that the Stanford community has supported our vision of becoming an elite program and it is rewarding to see our hard work pay off."
The playing surface upgrade is the latest enhancement to a facility that, once upcoming modifications are complete, will rank among the finest in the country. Four years ago, the addition of lights resulted in the first-ever night game at the Varsity Turf. Four towers (90-foot poles) containing 30 1500-watt metal Halide Fixtures light the playing field. The poles feature the Total Light Control (TLC) visors, which efficiently direct light onto the playing surface while reducing the off-site glare to surrounding areas.
“The new turf and upcoming stadium construction will provide a true home venue,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development Joe Karlgaard, who also serves as the program’s sport administrator. “We are grateful to the donors who supported the project and the athletic department for making this facility a priority.”
The Varsity Turf has served as the host site for the NorPac Championships on five different occasions, most recently in 2011. Stanford hosted a postseason contest at the Varsity Turf for the first time in school history back in 2007, blanking Lock Haven 1-0 in an NCAA Play-In game.
In January of 2004, the facility hosted a pair of international field hockey series featuring the U.S. National Team in its preparation for Olympic qualifying matches. The Varsity Turf has also hosted the Sony Field Hockey Challenge, a two-day tournament bringing together a blend of collegiate and international competition, for three seasons.
The facility was made possible by numerous donations, including generous contributions by the Levinson Family.
Stanford opens its season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Connecticut at 11 a.m. in a match that will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal will play its first four games at the Varsity Turf.
Stanford (16-7, 6-0 NorPac) is coming off another impressive campaign, reaching the NCAA Tournament and capturing the NorPac Championship for the fifth time in six years. The Cardinal, which has been a fixture in the national rankings for all but one week over the last three years, navigated through a grueling non-conference schedule in which it played four games against the nation's No. 1-ranked team at the time.Editorial assistance from Sidney Gomez.
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