FOOTBALL NOTES: TURF PROJECT COMPLETE, STANFORD GAME TIME CHANGE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The fences are done, the trucks are gone and action is finally taking place on Sacramento State's new football field this week. The project, which began in mid-February and was slowed by spring showers, was completed on June 25.
The new surface, which was installed by FieldTurf, consists of a synthetic fiber which is infilled by sand and small rubber pellets. A new drainage system was also placed below the field, allowing for action throughout the year, regardless of the elements. The field also features the Sacramento State "S" logo at midfield and "Hornets" in both end zones.
The stadium enhancements are already being recognized by outsiders as the Sac-Joaquin Section announced that the 2010 and 2011 Div. I, II, and III title games will move to Hornet Stadium.
TIME CHANGE FOR STANFORD
The 2010 season opener against Stanford has been moved to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate television. Comcast Sports Net Bay Area plans to televise the game live from Stanford Stadium. The addition of the game to the Comcast schedule means the Hornets will play two consecutive games on the family of networks dating back to last season's finale against UC Davis.
Fans wishing to attend the game can purchase a package through the Sacramento State Alumni Center which includes bus transportation, a game ticket, and pregame tailgate reception. Additional information can be found through the Alumni Center (916-278-6295).
The 2010 Hornet football roster continues to take shape with the recent addition of several players who will join the team as non-scholarship players or late transfers when camp begins in August. Among the recent adds is running back Curtis Shaw. The Stockton, Calif., native comes to Sacramento State after spending three years (two seasons plus a redshirt) at Washington. Shaw starred for Lincoln HS in Stockton in both football and track where he compiled 1,633 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior and also finished third in the state in the 100.
NORTH OF THE BORDER
Three former Sacramento State players will continue their professional careers this weekend as the Canadian Football League regular season gets under way. Quarterback Ricky Ray will again team with receiver Jason Barnes for the Edmonton Eskimos. The Esks begin their year against the B.C. Lions on July 4. Defensive back Brandon Smith is back for his third season with the Calgary Stampeders. Smith is the projected starter at defensive halfback when the team opens the year against Toronto on Thursday, July 1. Former wide receiver Tony Washington was in camp with the Lions but was among the final seven players released by the team.
DINNER UNDER THE LIGHTS
Be one of the first people to spend an evening on the new field as Hornet football hosts its annual Dinner Under the Lights on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. The event features dinner, dancing, a live band, an auction and games. Tickets can be purchased for $100 by contacting Katy Logaburn at 916-278-7053 or click here.