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Mount Union Begins Work on New AstroTurf Practice Field

May 23, 2018

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union is proud to announce that work has begun on its new athletic practice field and that AstroTurf has been chosen as the company to upgrade its practice field to artificial turf.

The field will be named Sean M. Moore Field at Wable Park. Several Mount Union alumni, staff and friends donated to help update the field to AstroTurf®, and the generous gift from Sean ’97 Moore led the way.

With Mount Union's championship football pedigree, and its NCAA tournament caliber men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, it was only fitting the artificial turf they practice on meets similar, stringent criteria of excellence. Therefore, the university chose the RootZone 3DSF by AstroTurf®.

“Sean M. Moore was an outstanding defensive back at Mount Union and part of two national championship teams in the 1990’s,” said Don Montgomery, director of university advancement at Mount Union. “When he was approached about the project, he immediately said yes because of the impact the field will have on Mount Union student athletes.” 

"We searched to find a company that not only provided the highest quality turf systems but also for a strong partner with values that parallel a championship program," said Blaine Lewis, director of the Physical Plant at Mount Union.

The project is vital to Mount Union as it will provide an all-sports practice facility for all Mount Union students. As part of the 116,000-square-foot project, the field will be lined for football and soccer but will be used by all of Mount Union's athletic programs. Next to the field will be a special area lined with extra markings for players to conduct drills and participate in small group sessions.

The on-campus field is next to Mount Union Stadium, which was built in 1913 and is the oldest college football stadium in Ohio.