Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Artificial turf to be installed on recreational fields on UTSA Main Campus

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Artificial turf installation at Recreational Field Complex, UTSA Main Campus

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(June 27, 2011)--Installation began in May of synthetic grass turf at the recreational fields on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus. Covered by real grass since 2005, the new turf will save water and maintenance costs. The project coordinated by the Office of Facilities is expected to be complete by the end of summer.

The 10-acre Recreational Field Complex is west of the running track and south of the men's baseball field. The turf project will include construction of a 10-foot walking and jogging track surrounding the fields.

The eco-friendly turf offers many benefits over natural grass in San Antonio's persistent dry weather. With no need for maintenance such as fertilizing, seeding, mowing and watering, the turf will benefit UTSA and the environment through an estimated savings of approximately 4.7 million gallons of water per year. UTSA also will receive a San Antonio Water System rebate because of water conservation.

The additional benefits of the low-maintenance, all-weather surface of artificial turf are predictable field conditions, year-round use and extended playing time, since the fields do not have to recover from wear or inclement weather. The crumb-rubber infill of the turf is made from recycled tires and resembles natural grass in shape and texture.

The Recreational Field Complex will continue to house intramural sports, club sports and open recreation programs, which currently provide activities for UTSA students to participate in recreational sports such as flag football, outdoor soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and ultimate Frisbee.

>> The field hours of operation for the fall and spring semesters will be 1-11:45 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 1-8 p.m., Friday; and 1-4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, visit the UTSA Campus Recreation website.

>> For construction information and a map of the recreation field site, visit the UTSA Facilities website or contact Facilities Work Control at 210-458-4262.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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