An Architect's POV: A Synthetic Turf Success Story

by Arash Izadi

Expectations were high when Southern California's El Camino College Athletic Education and Fitness Complex opened in 2016. The newly built Murdock Stadium's sparkling synthetic turf upended a nearly 60-year tradition of natural grass, and many wondered whether it would successfully serve the day-to-day needs of athletes and community members.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, all eyes turned to Carol C. Murdock, 84, an alumnus of the community college and a family member of the college's founding president and the stadium's namesake. Carol was there in 1958 at the opening of the original stadium. So what did she think?

"This facility is absolutely phenomenal," she said. "They should have the Olympics here. It has everything they need."


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