On June 20, 2013, Southern Miss announced a new field design for Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium. The Southern Miss new turf was necessitated by tornado damage from February 20, not last years vandalism.
The field will be Matrix Turf by Hellas and will have the patented RealfillTM system that reportedly helps player cuts and improves drainage. As you can see, the field will be two-tone, alternating the green pattern every five yards.
The scoreboard that was erected in 2007 is also damaged by the tornado and is being fixed. The entire project is being covered by insurance.
While the field installation is essentially complete, the projected scoreboard completion date is August 1.
Here are some photos of the construction process so far as shared by Southern Miss:
More photos available here.
And the official press release announcing the new field:
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The final phase of turf installation has begun for Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium with the delivery of the field to the Southern Miss campus on Thursday.
The work, provided by Hellas Sports Construction, has already included base improvements and a new collector system to improve playability and drainage with its Matrix turf system.
The Matrix Turf by Hellas will also include its patented RealfillTM system, preventing infill fly-out and splashing when athletes make cuts on the turf and improving drainage by drawing water away from the synthetic turf field faster.
When installed, the field design will include contrasting color – light and dark green – every five yards in the field of play with the end zones adorned with the words Golden Eagles in white text with a black border and gold background. A Southern Miss logo, the same that is displayed on the Golden Eagle helmets will be featured at midfield.
“We are extremely excited about the installation of our new football playing surface,” said Jeremy McClain, Southern Miss Deputy Director of Athletics. “The quality of the product from Hellas is outstanding, and we feel the new design will help continue to brand Southern Miss football across the nation. With television exposure at an all-time high for college football, it is important that every viewer make an immediate connection to the Southern Miss brand.”
Installation of a new field was needed following a Feb. 10 tornado that hit the city of Hattiesburg and the Golden Eagle campus. Debris on the field made it a necessity for the school to put down the new field.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the month.