University of Maryland
- Location: College Park, MD
- Team: Maryland Terrapins
- Sport: Football, Lacrosse
- Size: 92,088 sq. ft.
- Surface: FieldTurf Revolution CoolPlay
- Installed in: 2012
The University of Maryland was the talk of the town in June 2012 when they formally announced plans to install the first ever FieldTurf Revolution CoolPlay surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The project resulted in the "coolest" synthetic turf field in the nation and was showcased during the 2012 football season.
The end zones for football have a design reminiscent of the Maryland state flag and reinforcing the "Maryland Pride" theme of Maryland Athletics.
The project at Maryland was the first of its kind in the United States featuring the exclusive new heat-reducing technology - CoolPlay - which consists of a top layer of high end, granulated cork, coupled with the patented silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill, providing the facility with the "coolest" infill technology.
FieldTurf has done extensive temperature testing which shows that CoolPlay infill provides for a difference of up to 35 degrees Fahrenheit versus traditional rubber infill systems. The new field is yet another positive step for Maryland Athletics, and the football and men's lacrosse programs in particular. The many benefits of the new field include protecting the health of the student-athletes, improved playability in inclement weather, annual savings on field maintenance, a fantastic recruiting tool and tremendous revenue-generating opportunities through events such as concerts, high school games and other outside athletic events.
"The new playing surface at Capital One Field
at Byrd Stadium will improve student-athlete
safety through innovative FieldTurf technology,
help us with recruiting and the overall brand
enhancement of our athletics program”
- Kevin Anderson - Director of Athletics
"This is an exciting time for our program. The
addition of this new field will excite our entire
student body and will be invaluable when it
comes to recruiting in the future."
Randy Edsall - Head Football Coach
"Having a field that is safer for our studentathletes and plays so much cooler is very important. The fact that it will look terrific and be a great asset to Coach Edsall and I when recruiting makes it that much better"John Tillman - Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach