Tom Osborne field dedicated in Lincoln

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By News 5 Sports


Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:32:56 CST

It has been Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium for a decade and a half, but Tom's name was quickly taken off by his own request. As we have reported here on News 5, after his retirement as Athletic Director, Tom's name is back on the playing surface, the new playing surface at the Stadium. It is all set for the season opener August 31st when the Big Red takes on the Wyoming Cowboys. He is synonymous with Nebraska football taking the program to new heights since the mid 90's and now Tom Osborne's name graces the very place where he achieved so much success right here on the field at Memorial Stadium Nebraska is in the final stages of installing its new field turf and Osborne's name can now be seen on both the east and west sidelines. Now the play surface has actually been known as Tom Osborne field since 1998 and did in fact sport his name 14 seasons ago, but Osborne asked his name be removed out of respect for his successor Frank Solich. Now with the 90th anniversary of Memorial Stadium it is right back where it belongs. As far as the field itself, the renovation costs about 400 thousand dollars and associate Athletic Director John Ingram says it will feature much tougher fibers that won't break off over time like previous fields. Ingram also said that one of the biggest advantages of the new surface is that it will keep the athletes much cooler. "On this field it is going to be a little bit different than fields we have done in the past as we are going to put about 9 tons of cork on the top versus the black rubber because in the past, black rubber tends to absorb heat on days like this when its about 95 degrees and so the cork doesn't do that. It creates a cooler playing surface for the student athletes," said Ingram. Now how cool do you ask? Ingram estimates up to 30 degrees and Ed, as you always like to say football isn't a cold weather sports, it's mostly a warm weather sport. So in those hot August, September and eve October contests the players should be plenty cool here on Tom Osborne Field.