Arizona football: Field at Arizona Stadium about to get cooler — literally

2013-01-31T20:00:00Z Arizona football: Field at Arizona Stadium about to get cooler — literallyBy Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 31, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

There’s not much that’s cool at Arizona Stadium in August and September when the desert sun is relentless and temperatures are hovering in the 90s and 100s.

Now there will be — sort of.

The Arizona Wildcats announced this week that they will install synthetic turf at Arizona Stadium, replacing natural grass. The model: FieldTurf CoolPlay, which will cost about $1 million, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said.

The University of Maryland was the first school in the country to use the CoolPlay turf when it installed it last year. Arizona Stadium is believed to be just the second major stadium in the country to use it. CoolPlay reduces the on-field temperature 15-20 degrees while still getting the full quality of synthetic turf. It’s still not quite as cool as natural grass, but it provides a more sturdy and consistent playing surface.

“It’s new technology that can cool temperatures, and that’s a big deal at Arizona Stadium,” Byrne said.

Read more about the new playing surface in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 South football standings

Team W L T PCT
Arizona 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 5 1 0 0.833
USC 5 2 0 0.714
ASU 5 1 0 0.833
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429

Pac-12 North football standings

Team W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857
Oregon State 4 2 0 0.667
Stanford 4 3 0 0.571
Washington 5 2 0 0.714
Cal 4 3 0 0.571
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286
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