Morrison Stadium is getting a new playing field.
Creighton announced Tuesday that it has started replacing its soccer stadium’s old artificial surface with a new one. CU is installing FieldTurf’s CORE, an upgraded product that the company debuted two years ago.
The CORE’s grass-like fiber is touted by FieldTurf as “more realistic and textured” with improved “durability and resiliency.” Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium switched to the CORE field in February. It’s the same surface used for MLS matches at Portland’s Providence Park and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
Creighton’s project began Monday. It’ll take about two weeks.
“As a player you always want to train and play on the best surface possible, and this upgrade allows just that,” CU women’s soccer coach Ross Paule said in a statement. “A few professional teams have gone to this surface and love how it plays and the consistency it provides.”
The new turf will also be equipped with VersaTile’s drainage system and FieldTurf’s cooling technology.
The 7,500-seat Morrison Stadium is home to the Creighton women’s and men’s soccer teams. They will begin their competitive seasons next month. The venue has also hosted the state’s high school championship soccer matches since it opened in 2003.
Creighton unveiled new suites and coaches’ offices in the second deck of Morrison Stadium last year. The scoreboard was replaced in 2016.