FieldTurf installation begins Tuesday

    Crews sew together sections of the five-yard rolls of the field turf being installed at Saluki Stadium

    Crews sew together sections of the five-yard rolls of the field turf being installed at Saluki Stadium
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    June 23, 2010

    By Jason Clay

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    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Installation of the FieldTurf Duraspine PRO turf system began on Tuesday at Southern Illinois' new Saluki Stadium. The process will take approximately 11-14 days, but most of the visual work will be done in the first week.

    The artificial grass that is being installed is the same that is used by the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

    Elsewhere around the stadium, the scoreboard in the north end zone is in its final stages of completion. On Wednesday, crews will begin to install the scoreboard on the East side of the horseshoe. The chairback seats on the West side of the stadium and in the suites are set to come in on June 28.

    SIU associate athletic director Jason King said that these steps wrap up the major phases of construction for the football stadium and a lot of the work left to be done will be aesthetic.

    "We're very excited with how the project is progressing and we are starting to see just how special this new stadium will be," King said. "The field turf that is going in will be as good as any playing surface that you will see in the country."

    In the SIU Arena, construction crews are focusing on developing the new East side entryway and concourse level, as the permanent upper bowl is in place. The center-hung scoreboard for the arena will go in the last week of July.

    The Saluki football team christens Saluki Stadium on Sept. 2, when they host Quincy at 7 p.m.

    To purchase season tickets, simply go to the main Athletic offices in Lingle Hall during regular business hours, where you may select your seats directly from the seating manifest. Season tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling 877-SALUKIS.

    Football season ticket prices are $95 for adults and $50 for youth. A $250 Family Pack features season tickets for two adults and three children. A men's basketball season ticket starts at $150 for a bleacher seat and $200 for a chairback.