Northwest NEWS

September 13, 1999

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Pop Keeney gets new turf

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   BOTHELL--Pop Keeney Stadium's new synthetic turf was finished last week, just in time for last Thursday's inaugural girl's soccer game between Woodinville and Sammamish, followed by Inglemoor's 42-13 football victory over the defending league champs from Redmond. The soccer game ended in a 1-1 tie.

   Before each game, team captains were presented with commemorative balls to celebrate the new playing surface. Before Saturday night's opening football game between Bothell and Woodinville, team captains also received commemorative balls.

   "This state-of-the-art surface is the current national standard for safety," said Northshore Athletic Director Eric Barnum. "We are very impressed with its high quality and playability. We look forward to another ten years of use on this surface."

   Made by Southwest Industries Astroturf, the surface and rubberized "elastic layer" padding is identical to the turf recently installed in the UW's Husky Stadium, Everett's Memorial Field, and Puyallup's Sparks Field, said Barnum. The district will install the same surface at Woodinville High School next summer.

   Athletic surfaces are paid for by Northshore School District's Capital Projects bonds, said Barnum. The last surface was installed in 1989.