PISCATAWAY, NJ – Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy has announced that Rutgers Stadium, home of the Scarlet Knights football program, will benefit from two major renovations when the team opens its home schedule on Sept. 4 vs. Michigan State. Since the conclusion of Spring Practice 2004, the playing surface has been changed to FieldTurf, while a new, state-of-the-art scoreboard will grace the south end zone.
“The two most recent upgrades to Rutgers Stadium will benefit both the players and the spectators who visit our stadium,” said Mulcahy. “The installation of FieldTurf and the addition of our new scoreboard, combined with the recent additions and renovations to the Hale Center, make the Rutgers Football complex easily one of the country’s finest collegiate facilities.”
Rutgers is the 20th Division I program to install FieldTurf, which will be ready for this weekend’s New Jersey High School North-South Football All-Star Game. (Rutgers Stadium – June 26 – 6:30 p.m.) Many others, including Rutgers, also have FieldTurf installed at their training facilities.
Fueled by a partnership with Nelligan Sports Marketing, Rutgers Stadium will also feature a new scoreboard for the 2004 season. The scoreboard, which will be built and installed by the Logan, UT company BARCO, will feature a 23’ x 30’ video screen with full replay and animation capabilities. The project will also include a new auxiliary scoreboard with LED technology in the football stadium, as well as a new scoreboard for the soccer and lacrosse programs at Yurcak Field.
“We are very excited to be involved in such a great project for the fans and alumni of Rutgers University,” said TJ Nelligan, Chairman and CEO of Nelligan Sports Marketing. “Working with Bob Mulcahy and his staff, we were able to get current and new corporate support to be able to make this project a reality.”
Rutgers, under the direction of head coach Greg Schiano, will begin the 2004 season with three consecutive home games, starting with Michigan State on Sept. 4. RU returns 39 letterwinners and 17 starters from a 2003 team that posted a 5-7 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, marking the sixth-best improvement in the nation.
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