Near West.

Project Overview.

University Recreation Fields – Near West is the first project of the Master Plan, scheduled to open spring 2017. It will be the first Rec Sports outdoor facility with synthetic turf, meaning fewer cancelled games, longer seasons, and more opportunities for members and students to play hard, get fit, and live well – outside!

The fields will be lined for a variety of sports, including baseball, softball, flag football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and more. Featuring more economical and environmentally conscious options for lighting and turf, we are excited to welcome students and members to this state of the art facility, which marks the beginning of a bright future for recreation on the UW-Madison campus.


Rec Sports Program Revenue $6.3 million
Gift/Grant $500,000
Total $6.8 million


The University Recreation Fields – Near West are expected to open spring 2017, as soon as working conditions allow contractors to resume construction. For a snapshot of what we’re currently working on, check the graphic below!

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Near West Progress Graph

Facility Features.

  • Easily configurable for flag football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and more
  • Baseball and softball fields with backstops and dugouts
  • Perimeter fence, gated entry points, concrete walkways, and landscaping
  • Dedicated scoreboards for each field
  • Batting cage with equipment available for rental
  • Improved drainage system

Artificial Turf System.

Monto FTS Turf System with Ecofill


  • Free of heavy metal and Polycyclic Anomatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Recyclable
  • Reduces field temperatures up to 70%
  • Odor-free
4Nx Fiber
  • State-of-the-art new generation monofilament
  • 400 micron thickness improves memory and resilience
  • Two-tone color provides a natural look
  • Up to 16,000 Dtex (linear density)
  • Semi-concave structure with reinforced asymmetric spines
Fine-Tuned Underlayment
  • Provides consistent resiliency across entire playing field
  • Improved G-max values, guaranteed over the life of the field
  • Improves Head Injury Criterion (HIC) values, which helps reduce concussive injuries
  • Acts as a unique drainage layer
  • Made of 95% post-consumer recycled content


  • Most playable surface for multiple activities
  • First-ever FIFA 2-star rated turf system in the world
  • Allows athletes to move in acceleration, rotation, extension and torsion with a performance similar to that obtained on natural grass
  • Ecofill does not migrate due to play or weather
  • Unaltered performance over time
  • Exceptional ball to surface interaction
  • Higher density fill resulting in lower bounce and lower static electricity
  • Non-toxic

Lighting System.

Musco Total Light Control LED Technology.


  • 172 LED fixtures
  • Average of 30.8 footcandles (minimum 20, maximum 54)
    • Compared to previous flood lighting average of 15.6 footcandles (minimum 5, maximum 25)


  • Low cost of operation (expected savings of more than $20,000 over a 10-year period)
  • Shielded structure to reduce light pollution and glare beyond property line
  • Better for night sky with bright, uniform light directed to the field and not spilling above it or outside of field dimensions
  • Designed to be maintenance-free for 25 years
  • Instant on/off capability (previous metal halide lights could take up to 15 minutes to fully turn on)

Renderings & Images.