Installation of the new Ball State field hockey turf is underway at the Briner Sports Complex. Fully equipt with an irrigation and watering system, the surface matches those of the country's best programs and national teams.
"Being able to host the MAC Championship, being able to compete on a field like the Olympians do, like the national championship is [held on], that's going to help us. That's going to raise the bar," said head coach Beth Maddox.
The field's biggest benefit is the change in gameplay. The watered surface allows the use of a special dimpled ball and more control by the student-athletes.
"It's going to increase the level and we're going to be able to compete at a higher level because of the watered surface," Maddox said. "For us, it's a game changer."
Ball State opens its season on the new turf with a scrimmage against Iowa, August 22.