Construction Begins On Turf Replacement At Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field
- Mammoth Sports Construction on Monday announced crews are beginning work to replace the turf system at Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field at the Osborne Family Sports Complex in Hastings, Nebraska.
It’s the third FieldTurf system installed at Hastings. In 2000, Hastings became the first college in the NAIA to convert their surface to turf, under the direction of former Hastings athletic director Dr. Bob Boerigter.
“With new turf comes new energy, and we could not be more excited for what the project means for Bronco student-athletes and fans,” Mammoth CEO Jake Farrant said.
Mammoth is installing Vertex CORE, an elite turf system offering a combination of performance and beauty, with Classic HD slit-film fiber together with CORE monofilament super fiber. It carries a 10 year warranty.
The Bronco’s Power H logo will again be featured prominently in the center of the field. Installation will last approximately 18 days. Graphics changes to the field compared to the previous design will include crimson endzones and crimson and white boundary markings.
“Our huge thanks to our generous sponsors including Tom Dinsdale dealerships, Rutt's Heating and Air Conditioning, and Five Points Bank,” said Hastings College Athletic Director BJ Pumroy.
Dr. Bob Boerigter, who served as Hastings College Athletics Director from 1988-2001 said the college’s original decision to partner with FieldTurf for full conversion to artificial turf was inspired by legendary University of Nebraska coach Tom Osborne.
“When we were building Lloyd Wilson Field in 2000, I told him (Tom Osborne) we planned to install natural grass. He asked me to reconsider, stating that FieldTurf was the surface of the future and it was made for schools like Hastings College who needed to use that field every day,” Boerigter said. “A decision was then made to install FieldTurf. That affirmative decision made it a great day to be a Bronco!”
FieldTurf Vertex CORE is also in use at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, and Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. The University of Alabama and University of Oregon also use Vertex CORE.
Mammoth Sports builds fields and facilities for teams in the NFL, Big 10, SEC, Big 12, MIAA, NSIC, NAIA, GLVC, KCAC, Heart of America, and Gulf South conferences, along with thousands of high schools. Since its founding in 2008, it has expanded and acquired services including golf course construction, concrete products and supply, general construction, and architecture and engineering design. In 2021 it acquired a full-service marketing and creative services firm.