Pitt State turf project nearing completion

The project is being funded by Freeman Health System in Joplin.
Pitt State football new turf Carnie Smith Stadium

Pitt State’s Carnie Smith Stadium is getting an upgrade, in the form of a new playing surface.

“Given all the challenges we’ve been facing, it’s pretty nice to have a project to brag about a little bit,” says Pitt State President Steve Scott. 

The nearly $500k project, which began on June 22nd, is being funded by Freeman Health System in Joplin. 


“Just everyday, I’m blown away by the support we get here at this university and the involvement of the people who touch the lives of all of us in this program,” says Pitt State head football coach Brian Wright. 

“Without Freeman Health System, their partnership, sports medicine and what you see behind me, also what you see over at the nursing building, our programs would be very different. They wouldn’t be as good,” Scott adds. 

“Our guys know that they’re being taken care of and treated well here,” Wright adds, “We certainly appreciate that.” 

The school says the previous playing surface had reached the end of its life from a player safety standpoint.

“These turf fields have a length of life that they’re good for, and then at some point they’re not,” Scott says, “We had reached the end of the warranty period for the turf that we had.” 

There are also other benefits to adding new turf. 

“It’s been really good to bring some new recruits over there and show them that facility. They’ve been impressed as well,” Wright finishes, “When we have the opportunity to bring somebody over to the stadium and they see them working on it and putting in new turf, I think it just shows how active we are and how much support we get here.”

The project is set to be completed – and the stadium re-opened – by the end of the month.