The process of replacing a grass field with artificial FieldTurf has begun at Whitworth University's Pine Bowl.
A new surface will be installed at the Pine Bowl in time for the 2017 football season. The surface will be FieldTurf Revolution 360. ALSC has provided the architectural design, while SPVV is the landscape architect. AM Landshaper is the contractor.
The Pine Bowl will continue to be the home of the Pirate track and field teams, and will also play host to women's lacrosse games when that sport comes on board in 2019.
This is the first of two major upgrades for the Whitworth Pine Bowl. A new press box facility that will include permanent rest rooms, concessions and luxury viewing areas comes next. That constructions begins after the completions of the new athletics administration building.
First used in the late 1930's, the Whitworth Pine Bowl has been home to Pirate football and track teams for over 80 years. Majestically surrounded by beautiful Pines (thus the name), the stadium added grass picnic/seating areas north and south of the grandstand in 2002. In the 1960's the permanent stands were poured and constructed, along with the current press box. In the mid-90's the track was reconstructed and named in honor of Chuck Boppell, a former Pirate athlete and later a Whitworth Board of Trustees member. The tartan surface is first class and has been host to numerous college, high school and youth track meets since.