Lexington, KY – “GO BIG BLUE! GO BIG BLUE! GO BIG BLUE!” The chant heard throughout the Bluegrass State as the University of Kentucky Wildcats football team head into their 3rd consecutive bowl game! Completing their overall season at 9-3, the Wildcats finished 14th and will play in the Citrus Bowl on January 1st in Orlando against the Penn State Nittany Lions football team.
Kroger Field, formerly Commonwealth Stadium, is located on UK’s campus and first opened its gates in 1973. In 2000, the playing surface was named C.M. Newton Grounds after their beloved, legendary former AD, C.M. Newton. When the stadium was renamed in 2017 to Kroger Field, the playing surface name remained the same.
Prior to 2015, the playing surface at Kroger Field was a natural Bermuda grass surface at which time UK opted to convert their natural grass field to an artificial turf field. Knowing their elite football program deserved a premium surface that maximized player safety and optimized player performance, UK selected the Turf Nation S5. The Turf Nation S5 system has a 51-ounce face weight, Balanced Matrix fiber spacing and Titanium Shield backing system. The slit film fibers are made from 100% C8 resins, the highest grade available to the synthetic turf industry.
Turf Nation is the trusted source and reliable turf supplier of the highest quality artificial turf surfaces. Turf Nation has been trusted to manufacture synthetic turf surfaces for more than 12 NFL Teams including the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 46ers, Tennessee Titans as well as the Professional Football Hall of Fame.