BALTIMORE, Md.– Morgan State University's W.A.C. Hughes Memorial Stadium is currently undergoing a major overhaul of its football field and running track. The $2.5 million renovation project, which began on May 28, includes the replacement of the stadium's existing field with a new premium playing surface and the upgrade to a new high-performance, all-weather track. Beynon Sports was selected to oversee the project and installation which is slated to be completed in time for the start of the fall football camp in early August.
"The latest phase of upgrades to Morgan's athletic facilities is part of our systematic approach to improving and elevating key assets that we have on campus," said Director of Athletics Edward Scott, Ph.D. "The investment in our facilities represents the University's continued commitment to providing Morgan's coaches and student-athletes with a high caliber athletic experience and the best resources available."
The current renovation project is part of an ongoing, comprehensive enhancement initiative directed by Dr. Scott and supported by Morgan President David Wilson to improve the conditions, look and feel of the University's athletic accommodations. This latest round of improvements comes on the heels of University's installation of a new scoreboard at the stadium and facility branding enhancements; a redesign of the TalmadgeHill Field House court including new LED video displays; lighting and windscreens for the tennis courts, and upgrades to the Lois T. Murray Softball Field. Student-Athletes were also provided with a new academic center housed within Hill Field House. In all, during the past three years the University has made an investment of approximately $5 million into improving its athletic facilities.
The field, which is named for legendary Morgan coach Earl C. Banks and serves as the site for Bear's Football home games, will feature a Field Turf Versalush Landscape Turf. Known industrywide as one of the foremost brands in artificial turf technology, Field Turf is expected to improve player safety, enhance play of the game, and withstand the rigors of Division 1 football competition. Field Turfsurfaces are currently being used in the National Football League (NFL) as well as in a number of Big 10 university stadiums, including at the University of Maryland, College Park.