The grass-to-turf renovation of Stewart Field became a reality when the women’s soccer team kicked off the first game ever played under the lights on CC’s historic field on Oct. 4, followed by the men’s soccer team a week later.

The new surface on Stewart Field matches its neighbor, Washburn Field, which received new turf over the summer. Additionally, Stewart Field got a new lighting system by Musco Lighting, so now it is lit as well as its neighbor.

The fields are covered with a synthetic turf and infill system (Corkonut), which produces temperatures consistently closer to natural grass and significantly lower than a rubber and sand system. Under the turf is a shock attenuation and synthetic aggregate technology designed to help athletes achieve optimum performance. The pad is unique and used in “new generation” sports fields for field foundations and water conservation. This enhanced organic turf system is designed to both maximize the environmental compatibility and minimize the synthetic footprint of the new playing field. Renovating the athletic field with artificial turf and lights is part of the college’s master plan.