ADA, OK -- The ECU Tigers will have a new look at Norris Field in 2013. The school is replacing its natural grass football field with artificial turf.
"This feels awesome," said ECU Quarterback, Spencer Bond. "A lot of our guys are really excited about it."
Head football coach, Tim McCarty, says the new field will not only benefit ECU teams, but the entire Ada community.
"The community has it's events, and the high school plays here also," said McCarty. "So it has a tremendous impact because you don't ever have to worry about the wear and tear on the grass. You can play on it 365/24 hours a day."
The FieldTurf Company started the turf installation in February and will finish this month. Athletic trainer, Brittany Klaus, says the athletes will benefit.
"Turf has actually been proven versus grass to reduce the number of significant injuries such as ACL tears and other things of that nature," said Klaus. "So with this new turf we'll actually see an overall decrease in injuries that our football team sustains."
Klaus says the new turf will also impact how the trainers work in getting the athletes ready to play on the new surface.
"We've gotta be aware that our football players need to be out here getting used to even if it's just walking around or running straight sprints to kind of be aware of the turf and what it's gonna feel like playing on it," said Klaus
Quarterback, Bond, is ready to hit the new field running
"We can come out here anytime in the summer," said Bond. "If it's raining, we don't have to worry about being in bad conditions now that we got this turf so it's gonna be really convenient for us to come out and get in some extra work."