Sep 01-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: September: Sep 01-08
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Photo by E. Neil Harri

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 07:04 am:

In case you haven't heard, the Michigan Tech Huskies football program, installed artificial turf on Sherman Field during the summer months. From what I understand, they held a dedication of their new home turf with the season opener this past Saturday. Thanks to E. Neil Harri, we have a full view of the new field with the Husky emblem smack dab in the middle. In case you're wondering, the new "Prograss" playing surface is a synthetic grass system, with sand and rubber infill. The construction of the new field, started with removal of the old playing field, then they updated the drainage system, replaced the subgrade and installed the new turf. Tech is the ninth of twelve Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools with artificial turf installed on their playing fields. Thanks Neil, for giving us a view like no other!

Hope you're having a nice Labor Day weekend. And our thoughts are with the folks in the south this morning, awaiting the arrival of Gustav. Let's hope he's not as intense as Katrina.

By John Preisler (Jpreisler) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 07:40 am:

...what I'm wondering, is...did they use stamp sand for the fill? :)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 08:56 am:

That really looks nice from the air!

By Ned Aldridge (Nedjames) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 09:30 am:

My son Noel and I drove to Houghton on Saturday to watch MTU defeat Winona State 26 to 21 in football. The new field surface is very nice, although I think it might be a bit warm to play on in warmer weather, as it was on Saturday. A large crowd was on hand to witness the game, nice to see a lot of support for the Huskies. We were doubly pleased to see several Kingsford High School grads playing for Tech, specially Steve Short at quarterback.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 09:50 am:

I hear Lake Linden kicked some butt again this weekend. Good for them. Heard they don't have many kids out and are still doing good. Wish they'd have played like that when I went to school. We only got to see them lose. Though we did see their basketball team upset Ewen-Trout Creek in the semi-finals of the playoffs at Sherman Gym one year. That was the highlight of our basketball years I think. What a game! I will never forget it! Course we lost the next game, but at least we beat the #1 ranked team.

By David A Jones (Jonesey65244) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 09:51 am:

Great shot! But they sure don't have much for seating capacity.


Mary says: This PDF file from Michigan Tech's 2008 Football Yearbook - SHERMAN FIELD, says that the seating capacity is 3,000. Remember, in this aerial shot we're looking at it from quite a distance above the field, so it looks much smaller than when you're actually on the ground.

By Tom (Tom) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 11:36 am:

Are those white rectangles the bleachers? If so, they seem far from the field in that picture.
Looks good anyway and probably is better to play on in lousy weather.

By David Soumis (Davesou) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:13 pm:

its a cool looking shot. 3000 capacity.
Camp Randall, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison seat 80,000+, and of course you have the big house at Michigan with 106,000 this year.

No wonder those Huskies get a chill when they play hockey at the big schools when they see 14,000+ at Wisconsin , versus the 4200 seats at the complex :)

one of my most memorable football games was at that Tech stadium, though. My brother and I hitch hiked up there from Chassell. It was a cold Novemebr Saturday...snowed throughout the game. It was so cold we left at halftime. My feet were numb. We went to a store near the campus to warm up, then hitched back to Chassell. Didn't know who won and didn't care..just needed heat

By robert (Robze) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 02:27 pm:

I am sure there are some good reasons for getting the new turf, but I encourage all to read the following link. I heard this story on NPR's Morning Edition, temperatures can get up to 160 degrees on the playing surfaces. So besides defending your quarterback from the 300 pound nose guard you have to defend your body from heat exhaustion from the fake stuff under your feet.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 02:38 pm:

But Robert, they're practically in the frozen tundra UP there, lol. I'm sure there are a couple of games where it's warm, but it's not usually that hot in the fall. I'm sure the southern schools have a lot more to worry about as far as heat exhaustion from the turf goes.

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 07:10 pm:

No Tom, I belive them are the Port Da Potties so far away. And Robert, she The Deb told you exactly the way it is U.P. there in the Frozen Tundra ! I'd like to have the job of mowing the Turf grass.Of course it would be Seasonal. I wonder if anyone ever drooped in from that picture view?

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 07:37 pm:

Speaking of Football, I discovered this website with pages of the Keweenaw high school football records:

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 02:21 pm:

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 01:51 pm:

Here's Michigan Tech's football history:

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