Player safety among top reasons for new turf at Laidley

Player safety among top reasons for new turf at Laidley

Often when a new field is put down, the beauty of the turf outshines the smaller details.

One of those details with the new turf at Laidley FIeld was clearly on the minds of those close to the project.

Better safety materials will be installed under the playing surface, reducing the impact a player takes when hitting the ground.

As the damage concussions can continue to headline athletics, those helping roll out the carpet at University of Charleston Stadium hope they are doing their part in preventing injuries.

"We're excited," David Traube, director of communications at the University of Charleston, said. "This particular field system has been rated according to standards meant to reduce the potential for concussions."

Traube said university officials can't currently discuss the total cost of the project, but UC is covering the cost of the turf as part of its lease agreement with Kanawha County Schools.

The project will be completed by July 27, in time for the school's first practice on Aug. 6.

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