‘Grand re-opening’ of Hubert Jack Stadium surface

LOCK HAVEN – Last spring, Lock Haven University installed new turf at Hubert Jack Stadium and Saturday’s (Sept. 8) game marked the first game played on the new surface.

As part of the 2018 home-opener, LHU took time during the pre-game for the grand re-opening of the turf.

Prior to the coin toss, there was a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Representing LHU was new President Robert Pignatello, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Wilson, Director of Athletics Tom Gioglio and head football coach Dave Taynor. Special guests included Lock Haven City Major Bill Baney and LHU Trustee Mike Hanna, Jr.

Following the ribbon cutting and as part of the grand re-opening, the LHU offense ran a ceremonial first play and it was only fitting that President Pignatello scored the first touchdown on the new turf.

The new turf was installed last spring and now features one of the most technologically advanced surfaces in the world. It’s also one of the safest playing surfaces available and that’s a benefit to everyone who will use it. LHU replaced its former synthetic turf field with Astroturf’s Trionic fiber, a breakthrough blend of polyethylene (PE) and nylon fibers that is quickly revolutionizing the synthetic turf world.

Featuring one of the most beautiful views in all of college sports, Hubert Jack Stadium was completed in 1975. The stadium is named for Hubert H. Jack, former Lock Haven football head coach from 1946-68, and head wrestling coach from 1942-64. Hubert Jack Stadium has lights and a newly resurfaced eight-lane track. The first game in the stadium was played on September 13, 1975, in front of a capacity crowd of over 3,000-strong. Hubert Jack Stadium was dedicated on September 20, 1975 before a game vs. rival Bloomsburg University.

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