BOZEMAN — The Montana State track and field program has been known as the home of a majority of the region’s indoor meets with one of the best facilities in the Big Sky Conference. MSU can now make that claim with its outdoor home as the Bobcat Track and Field Complex is finished with renovations.
The MSU Track and Field Complex, located southeast of Bobcat Stadium, had last seen updates to its oval surface in 2002. In June of 2016, Beynon Sports Surfaces, Inc. started installation of a new all-weather track surface to all portions of the oval and event areas.
The project came to a finish this July and has been used for the first two of three All-Comers Meets this month. The facility will be available for use for fall practices and the Bobcats’ 2019 outdoor season.
“It is so great to see it done,” long-time head coach Dale Kennedy said. “We really had to exhort some patience when it came to a stop last October. When you look at it now, you can tell it was worth it. We’re really excited about it. When our kids get back on campus and see it, they’re going to be pretty enthused about the new facility.”
Beynon Sports installed the BSS 10000 System which is the most popular product the company offers. The surface features a bio-engineered force reduction layer integrated with fine SBR rubber granules to create an impermeable shock-absorbing cushion. With 29 percent more two-component polyurethane than competing systems, the performance line surface delivers optimal shock absorbency and superior energy returns.
The new track also features striking Montana State University colors. The blue oval surface with gold relay exchange zones will stand out south of the University campus. It creates a solid link to the Worthington Arena surface which is highlighted by MSU’s Bobcat logo and the school colors.
“When you look at the indoor and outdoor facilities, they emanate Bobcat pride,” Kennedy said. “A pride in our athletics and in our program. You’re seeing more of it on our campus. We’re really making an effort to be proud of our school colors and of our traditions.”
Beyond the running oval and events area, the facility also saw upgrades to the long jump and triple jump pits. A retro-fit long jump pit sand catcher system was installed to the three sides of the two existing pits.
A final addition made to the facility improvements at the Bobcat Track and Field Complex was a new Daktronics Outdoor LED Video Display that was installed this June. Located on the west end of the track between the running oval and hammer throw event area, the videoboard measures 12 feet by 10.8 feet. The board will be able to display live video and results, along with customized animations geared for MSU track and field competition.
“I think the new track along with the videoboard will allow for a better experience for fans, student-athletes and coaches,” MSU Director of Athletics Leon Costello said. “Having it completed now, we’ll be able to get back to our normal schedule and be able to host plenty of outdoor meets. With some of the added amenities, we’ll be able to run a meet more efficiently and it looks great with the blue and gold.”
Renovations to the Bobcat Track and Field Complex were completed behind efforts by the Bobcat Track and Field Association.
— MSU Sports Information