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Yale Bowl trades in grass fields for turf ahead of September opening day


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Yale Bowl is one of the most historic venues in sports, opening back in 1914.

“The bowl is about your teammates. It’s about the tradition of the bowl and Yale football and it’s about running out that tunnel. It really isn’t about the surface,” Jon Reese, ’90 Yale football.

Jon Reese led the Yale football team to an Ivy League Championship back in 1989. Over his four year career, his blood sweat and tears poured into this grass at the Yale Bowl.

But when Yale played Princeton back in November, it marked the end of an era- a grass field replaced with a new field turf at the Bowl and will be ready on opening day in September.

Head Coach Tony Reno believes the new turf will only help the program going forward.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for us to continue playing the game we love in this incredible Bowl and I think it really adds to the value of the Yale Bowl,” Reno adds.

Despite the charm and tradition of a grass field, keeping it maintained was not easy. Many days, it was almost unplayable. Not only was it tough to look at, but the safety of players was also a major concern.

“I love grass fields as well but we weren’t able to keep it to the level that we needed to for our student athletes to have an elite surface to play on. You know this does a lot for the game of football and Yale.”

As for Reese, he’ll always cherish his memories on the field and at this historic stadium and he looks forward to seeing the Bowl this season.


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