Big changes are coming to Manitou Field for the 2016 season -- a new, synthectic turf playing surface.
Thanks to the generosity of an unnamed donor, Manitou Field's natural grass football field wll be replaced by a new artificial turf field. St. Olaf Athletic Director Ryan Bowles sent out the following e-mail earlier today:
It is with great excitement that I reach out to you today, in advance of public release, to share with you the attached news. Manitou Field will be switching to a synthetic surface beginning with the 2016 football season thanks to an anonymous donor that has stepped up to support our efforts.
Today truly is a great day to be an Ole! The momentum and support for Ole Football and Ole Athletics is strong right now. We continue to progress everyday towards our goals of success on the field and in the classroom. We are working tirelessly to support our wonderful student athletes.
Simply put, we cannot have success if we go at it alone. We need the wonderful support of each of our Football alumni as we continue to move forward. I ask each of you to join the movement and support our football program. You can support us with your time, by attending a home football game or Touchdown Club function or through your financial resources, by considering a gift to one of the many projects we have lined up to directly benefit our football student athletes and their experience.
The future is bright for Ole Athletics and Ole Football and each of you have laid the foundation for future success. It is an honor to serve as the Athletic Director and to be able to call myself an Ole. I look forward to meeting each of you in the future and appreciate your continued support of Ole Football. Today marks the first of many successes we will have together!