Kiefer USA and UBU Sports will transform Olivet Nazarene University’s football and soccer stadium in Bourbonnais, Ill. Ward field is also the summer training camp for the Chicago Bears. The UBU Sports Speed S5-M synthetic turf system will be installed by Kiefer USA.
The ONU Tigers are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I and compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
The new 89,965 square-foot synthetic turf system, which is the same turf used at the Chicago Bears indoor training facility and at MetLife stadium for the 2014 Super Bowl, will be installed before next season.
The Chicago Bears started their training camps on the ONU Campus in 2002 and will continue through 2022. The intensive use of this field during the fall season required a durable playing surface that could accommodate the safety and performance requirements for each sport.
“Olivet is a great facility and we are honored to be a part of the school.” says Mark Nicholls, CEO of UBU Sports. “Our surface will meet the year-round demands of the Olivet sports program – this field will get some serious playing time.”
Kiefer USA and UBU Sports’ collaboration on synthetic turf and tracks will cover 13 states throughout the Midwest.