With the installation of the new turf at Ohio Stadium now complete, the Ohio State Football Program released a time-lapse video Tuesday afternoon showing the process from start to finish.
The Buckeyes announced plans to replace the turf last September as players struggled to keep their footing in the first games of the season. The surface had faded considerably since its installation in 2014, with the end zones appearing pink on TV.
The athletic department then sought fan feedback for a new design, which was revealed in February. Installation of the new surface began in early June, meanwhile.
Turf now features updated font in scarlet end boxes, Buckeye Leaf decal on 35 yard lines, gray out of bounds area from 20 yard line, numbers that match jersey numbers of Ohio State and the Buckeyes’ iconic helmet strip under the goal post.
Ohio State will play eight home games on the new turf this fall, including the season opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 3 and matchups with Arkansas State on Sept. 10, Toledo on September 17, Wisconsin on September 24, Rutgers on October 1, Iowa on October 22, Indiana on November 12 and Michigan on November 26.
The Buckeyes are also ready to sell off pieces of the old turf, although the sale hasn’t started and it’s unclear how much each section will cost. Interested fans can submit their name and email address to the official Ohio State website to receive an alert once the sale begins.
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