Today at 5pm the Maryland Athletic Department released the new field design we have all anxiously been waiting for. Here is the release:
"The University of Maryland on Wednesday formally announced plans for and unveiled renderings of the new FieldTurf Revolution surface that will be installed at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The privately funded project will result in the "coolest" synthetic turf field in the nation and will be completed in time for the 2012 football season which begins on Sept. 1.
In order to enhance playability for all sports expected to use the facility, and after various tests and discussions, it was decided the playing surface will be a traditional green in color. The end zones for football will have a design reminiscent of the Maryland state flag and reinforcing the "Maryland Pride" theme of Maryland Athletics."
Cbssports did a write up on the cooling technology in the field: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/19392067/maryland-installing-new-field-turf-with-cooling-technology-pic
Personally, I like it. Sure, it is very conservative from the various pictures that had been circulating around on what the field design could possibly be. They were rumored to be everywhere from a black field to a green one such as this with a shell pattern inlaid into the green portion. But, given the precarious position the football program has given itself with national media, this was the correct decision. It is a safe, clean design that doesn't really have any criticism except that it was very anti-climatic given all the build up.
What do you guys think?