DSU begins new era at Parker Field-McCool Stadium
Delta State University officially began a new era at Parker Field-McCool Stadium, as director of athletics Ronnie Mayers and head football coach Todd Cooley cut the ribbon on the recently installed synthetic turf on Monday, Aug. 11. President Bill LaForge addressed the crowd of fans, alumni and community leaders prior to Cooley clipping the ribbon.
“We are thankful for the generosity of those who gave to this project and for the many fans, alumni and community leaders in attendance here today,” Mayers said. “This project will help propel our program forward and will be an asset to all 13 of our intercollegiate sports.”
Completed in just 39 days, the new turf at Parker Field-McCool Stadium was installed by Geo Surfaces, Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Delta State is the fifth school in the Gulf South Conference to make the switch to a synthetic playing surface and the first collegiate client for Geo-Surfaces, Inc., in Mississippi. The project features Geo-Surfaces’ latest synthetic surface with six-foot wide sidewalks surrounding Parker Field. A 45′ x 90′ synthetic field for pregame stretching and practice is also a part of the design.
A feature that fans will not see is Mississippi’s first patented GeoFlo shock pad and drainage system. The system is design to help curtail injuries sustained from contact with the field while helping to assist drainage. The system will be the same one used by the National Football League’s Pro Bowl, NFL Challenge Field and Louisiana State University’s football practice field.
DSU’s Parker Field-McCool Stadium will feature a new picnic area located in the north end zone, new visitors side concession stand and restrooms, new men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms and renovated concession stands when the Statesmen open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 27 for Pig Pickin’ versus Central State (Ohio).