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UAlbany will put new logos on Casey Stadium field once turf has ‘run its life’

UAlbany unveiled its new athletics logo and “renewed brand identity” in July 2020, and while many of the university’s properties still show old Danish “heritage” logos, including the Tom and Mary Casey stadium turf, this look may change. in the relatively near future.

UAlbany deputy sporting director Vic Segles said on Wednesday that UAlbany does indeed plan to replace the Casey Stadium turf, which currently features the former university ‘split A’ logo in the center of the pitch, with a surface that displays the new Great Dane brand, including a redesigned appearance. … Damien, the Danes’ mascot, as the midfield logo.

However, this will not happen until the FieldTurf service reaches its end of life.

“We are waiting for the lawn to run out of life,” Segles said. “It usually has a lifespan of 10 years.”

Casey Stadium opened in September 2013, which means the turf will reach its projected end of life in 2023. However, Segles noted that when the stadium opened, it was originally intended to be used only for football, men’s and women’s football. … As UAlbany’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are also moving into the facility, this could mean a shorter lifespan and an earlier need to install a new surface with the school’s current brand.

This will depend on a series of tests that need to be done in the field to determine the level of wear, Segles said.

“It wears out a lot. I think the service life is coming to an end, ”Segles said. “There are a number of tests that need to be done to determine if FieldTurf has reached the end of its useful life. Have a concussion, come in and check the stitches. … … once they come in and determine that it has exhausted itself, it is not safe to play, we would redo and add a new logo. “

Similar trials resulted in a lawn change at neighboring John Fallon Field, although this redesign occurred prior to the UAlbany brand change, which means that the field will display an “outdated” logo for several years.

“Fallon will be in split-A until his term expires,” Segles said. “Just investing in a new logo is a lot of money.”

Several changes have already been made to UAlbany objects to reflect the updated look. The SEFCU Arena basketball court has been redesigned to highlight the new logo, and earlier this week the Casey Stadium scoreboard back was replaced with a design that reflects the school’s current branding.

However, the “A split” will take place in UAlbany in many areas.

The old logo is still on the top level of the south tower at the entrance to Casey Stadium, and the seats in Casey and SEFCU arena still have designs that UAlbany in their brand guide considers an “outdated” logo that has not officially been retired.

“We have kept it as a legacy mark,” Segles said. “So he can still live on campus and in our sites, but anything new we create will have Damien’s head.”

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