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  • Renovation of Mountaineer Bowl news

    Big news!!

    https://gomountaineers.com/news/2022...SKh4CYspxgTO_4

  • #2
    That is very good news - for not just Western but every team who visits. I had no idea that facility was still pretty much the same as when I was playing for CSM 1988-91. I assumed (incorrectly) some kind of renovation had happened in the 30+ years since. Better late than never, I suppose...

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    • #3
      Bummer that artificial turf will replace the grass. I would assume the locker rooms would be built to the north behind the scoreboard.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CSM alum 1993 View Post
        That is very good news - for not just Western but every team who visits. I had no idea that facility was still pretty much the same as when I was playing for CSM 1988-91. I assumed (incorrectly) some kind of renovation had happened in the 30+ years since. Better late than never, I suppose...
        They moved the away bleachers back and widened the track in 2008 to eight lanes, so it's different. I hope there's some pushback to artificial turf. There's plenty of water in the Gunnison valley to water it with snow melt from Crested Butte.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mountaineermagic View Post
          Bummer that artificial turf will replace the grass. I would assume the locker rooms would be built to the north behind the scoreboard.
          Not a bummer at all. That field was awful.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Turbonium View Post

            Not a bummer at all. That field was awful.
            Its a fine field. Regulation, well watered, the works. Does Pueblo even have water with all their turf?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mountaineermagic View Post

              Its a fine field. Regulation, well watered, the works. Does Pueblo even have water with all their turf?
              The field is awful and about as nice as trying to play a college football game at a local park in Colorado in November.

              "Does Pueblo even have water with all their turf"... I'm really not even sure what you're trying to say here. Also, I couldn't care any less about Pueblo at this point, you do realize that yeah? If you didn't, now you do. However, the entire state of Colorado really doesn't have water at this point, perhaps turf is the better idea.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mountaineermagic View Post

                Its a fine field. Regulation, well watered, the works. Does Pueblo even have water with all their turf?
                Ft. Lewis always had the nicest grass
                Chadron had better grass
                The field at Western might not have been trashed for the Kearney game last year but more years than not it’s a mess with terrible footing by November

                I always preferred playing on grass fields but unless you have the resources and weather to maintain it properly, turf is better. It saves money and knees/ankles. I’m just happy Pueblo fixed their turf and put the correct color blue on the field the second time.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by twolfbenchwarmer View Post

                  Ft. Lewis always had the nicest grass
                  Chadron had better grass
                  The field at Western might not have been trashed for the Kearney game last year but more years than not it’s a mess with terrible footing by November

                  I always preferred playing on grass fields but unless you have the resources and weather to maintain it properly, turf is better. It saves money and knees/ankles. I’m just happy Pueblo fixed their turf and put the correct color blue on the field the second time.
                  I've actually seen studies that were the opposite that grass was safer for soccer and football players.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Turbonium View Post

                    The field is awful and about as nice as trying to play a college football game at a local park in Colorado in November.

                    "Does Pueblo even have water with all their turf"... I'm really not even sure what you're trying to say here. Also, I couldn't care any less about Pueblo at this point, you do realize that yeah? If you didn't, now you do. However, the entire state of Colorado really doesn't have water at this point, perhaps turf is the better idea.
                    I'd be pretty proud if my school had a National Title.
                    There's more water in Gunnison with snow melt than most places in the RMAC(maybe Durango). Granted that's changing with Lake Powell and Lake Mead demanding more. Anyways it's a drag to have a geology alum that's never played on the field be able to change one of the more iconic stadiums in the state with turf. It's not a better idea. It's selling out and ruining something already great with money.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mountaineermagic View Post

                      I'd be pretty proud if my school had a National Title.
                      There's more water in Gunnison with snow melt than most places in the RMAC(maybe Durango). Granted that's changing with Lake Powell and Lake Mead demanding more. Anyways it's a drag to have a geology alum that's never played on the field be able to change one of the more iconic stadiums in the state with turf. It's not a better idea. It's selling out and ruining something already great with money.
                      Why would you be proud if you had nothing to do with it? I don't get that line of thinking. My ties to Pueblo athletics are gone. I'm proud of the degree I earned while there, not of something I had nothing to do with.

                      GOOD grass fields are plenty safe. Western's fields was not good and I'm not sure how one can honestly have seen a nice grass field and compare it to Western and think they're near the same. This isn't a slight to Western, it's just not a good field.

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