Toledo’s venerable Glass Bowl gets synthetic turf

TOLEDO, OH—Rack up yet another key football installation for the worldwide leader in artificial surfacing.  FieldTurf is the choice for the University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl, it was announced by UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien and FieldTurf Tarkett CEO Joe Fields.  The new FieldTurf surface will debut on September 20 when the Rockets host the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Once again, FieldTurf will replace a competitor’s product (NexTurf) just a few years after its installation. 

“We are very pleased that we will have an outstanding new FieldTurf surface ready for the 2008 season,” said O’Brien. “Our new field will help the Glass Bowl maintain its reputation as one of the truly outstanding college football stadiums in the country.”

“I feel that FieldTurf is the state-of-the-art, finest playing surface in the world,” said Head Football Coach Tom Amstutz.  “Our players are very excited to get the opportunity to play on that surface. We can’t wait to get on it this fall.”

“Toledo has long been one of the true powers in the Mid-American Conference and we are delighted to launch this association with the Rockets,” said Fields.  “Glass Bowl is one of the traditional football facilities in the Midwest, and we are confident that the installation of FieldTurf will be extremely beneficial to Coach Amstutz and his players.”

Glass Bowl was built in 1936 and has undergone several renovations over the years.  The most extensive came in 1990 when the stadium’s capacity was increased from 18,500 to 26,248. That ’90 renovation also featured new suites and club seats, along with a three-story press tower. 

One of the most successful schools in the Mid-American Conference, the Rockets have won nine conference championships in football.