Gift of Synthetic Turf

for Cadet Memorial Field

At our 50th class reunion, it was decided by the class members attending, that we would contribute $320,000 from our class endowment fund to the Coast Guard Academy for the installation of a synthetic turf on Cadet Memorial Field.

Immediately after the Class of 2004's Graduation exercises in May, the former natural grass field was stripped and the subsurface installation was started including an engineered drainage system under the entire field.

Below are a series of photographs showing the field preparation, the application of the FieldTurf with lines, the insertion of the numbers, and the recognition signs, one on the back of the press box at the top of the stadium and one on the score board. The "53 yard line" in the photo was the "50" by the time the FieldTurf installation was completed on September 9th.

In the October 2004 issue of the Alumni Association Bulletin, Academy Superintendent, RADM Robert C. Olsen, '69 had this to say about this project:

"The new surface on Cadet Memorial Field has already gotten a lot of use and it's great. The coaches and cadets love it. The football team practices and plays its home games on it, and men's and women's soccer teams play some of their home games on it at night or during the day when there aren't conflicts. It's good for the soccer teams because they can play a night game under the lights so their fellow cadets can attend and cheer them on. It's safer, it's impervious to weather, and it saves wear and tear on the knees and ankles. Thanks again to all in '53."

The new field will also yield significant savings in mowing, fertilizing and other maintenance.

The Above Photo Shows What the Field was Like Before (in 1952)