Ohio University Peden Stadium

Project Overview

As the oldest University in Ohio, Ohio University in Athens has made a name for itself throughout the years in academics and athletics. The Ohio Bobcats football program has been in existence for 125 years and has achieved over 500 wins during its lifetime, as well as, won over 200 wins in its 72 years in Mid-American Conference (MAC) games.

When it came time for Ohio University’s football field to be replaced at Peden Stadium, the Athletic Director and staff determined Motz would be the best choice to build their new synthetic turf surface.

Motz is known for their high-performance installations for professional, collegiate, and local high school fields. The Motz brand has built a respected reputation by working with well-known universities and NFL sports teams such as the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Cleveland Browns.

Ohio University and Motz have had a deep-rooted relationship on campus for several years. Most recently with the installation of the synthetic turf baseball infield in 2018. Motz was proud to partner again with the Bobcats for the turf replacement at Peden Stadium.

Athens, OH



Removal / Replacement

The Situation

Ohio University chose Motz GAME ON technology, which allows for enhanced design capabilities and increases field performance. GAME ON’s  proprietary technology offers a new approach where logos, lines, and numbers are tufted together in one run while limiting the number of seams in a sports field. This synthetic turf football field at Ohio University was also a Zero Waste project. Motz provided sustainable replacement options for Ohio University’s football field and fulfilled the school’s go-green initiatives. In addition to reducing seams and providing increased field integrity with the GAME ON technology, the turf infill was reused, the old turf recycled and construction waste diverted using their industry-leading Zero Waste approach. 

The Play

The infill was first reclaimed using Motz-patented equipment from its sister company, Turf Reclamation Solutions. The turf infill would be later re-installed in this project. The second step was to remove the reclaimed synthetic turf, which was rolled, then wrapped up to be shipped to the turf manufacturer for recycling. After the turf removal and base prep, the team installed a ProPlay 20 D Schmitz shock pad and a Motz Twenty-Four/Seven Synthetic Turf System. Motz turf system for Ohio University included the GAME ON technology, which elevated OU’s brand by adding a personalized design to its playing field turf. Lastly, the Motz team added the reclaimed rubber and sand infill mixture to the new turf surface.

Additionally, Motz provided a synthetic turf solution for their ramp and concourse areas to clean up and better utilize their site. A ball-stop netting system was added to create a uniform structure and improve their field complex.

The selection for our new surface was comprehensive and a very detailed one. It became very clear to us early on that The Motz Group would not only have the best product, but could meet all the demanding timelines, along with very reliable service and innovative ideas to enhance our vision! When you combine those things it creates a great team, and “teamwork makes the dream work!” Motz is a first class organization!

Tim Albin | Head Football Coach
Ohio University

The Win

Sustainability Focused and Innovative Field Technology

Ohio University selected Motz GAME ON and Zero Waste services. The Motz GAME ON system added Ohio University’s personalized style to their new field and tuft technology created a uniform surface for their athletes. Motz fulfilled Ohio University’s sustainability plan by recycling the old synthetic grass and turf infill through the Motz Zero Waste process. 

Game Ready

Motz created a consistent, safe, and durable playing surface for Ohio University using GAME ON proprietary turf design technology. The innovative products and methods the Motz team provided Ohio University are backed by science and partners who help Motz create high-performance and low-maintenance playing surfaces. 

Experienced Field Experts

Ohio University had peace of mind throughout the process due to the Motz team’s experience, expertise, and attentive customer service. The team at Motz has a respected reputation building Division 1 and professional fields. Ohio University’s previous experience working with the Motz team on previous projects developed trust with the staff at Ohio University.

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