02/07/2018 10:00

The Cowboys of McNeese State University are riding high with excitement with the news that new Matrix® Turf with Helix Technology will soon be installed at Cowboy Stadium. Thanks to a portion of a $935,000 donation of local businessman and alumnus, Robert Noland, the Louis Bonnette Field will be upgraded and installed by Hellas Construction, a sports construction company known for their high-quality synthetic turf fields and installation. McNeese is a part of the Southland Conference in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision(FCS). 

Over the years, Cowboy Stadium has earned the nickname “The Hole,” being the most feared stadium in the FCS, due to the teams 13 consecutive winning seasons. The stadium was originally constructed in 1965 and renovated and expanded over the years, with last stadium surface replacement around 9 years ago, when the first donation from the same local businessman, Robert Noland, was received. At that time, Noland requested the field at Cowboy Stadium be named after the long-time Sports Information Director Louis Bonnette that had served the university for 46 years.

“We are very thankful to Robert Noland for his continued support and generosity to McNeese Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill. “Robert is a McNeese alumnus and a long-time contributor to not only the athletic department but the university as a whole. He is a true, loyal, and devoted friend who loves McNeese. He bleeds blue and gold.”

“We’re also excited to be working with Hellas Construction,” said Hemphill. “They have the experience and ability to produce a quality product.”

Hellas Business Development Manager Amy Champion said, “It was time for replacement and Hellas reputation and quality made us the school’s first choice.” 

Hellas is building it right from start to finish, handling the whole supply chain, which allows the school to work with only one company for everything. Hellas designs, manufactures, and produces the turf to ensure quality control and timely delivery. They use their own fleets of construction equipment and experienced crews to complete every project. Hellas does it all. 

Champion said, “The renovation of Cowboy Stadium is a complex project, requiring subgrade remediation to ensure a stable, long-lasting foundation for the new turf field,” Champion said. “Hellas is going to get the job done right and it will be amazing.”

Hellas has a reputation in the sports construction industry of completing projects in time frames others find impossible. This type of leverage sets Hellas apart from the competition. No matter the project, Hellas delivers on time, every time, for every client, so they are ready for game day.

“Once all the construction of the subgrade is completed and the elastic layer is poured, the turf will only take about 24 days to install,” said Champion. 

The new Louis Bonnette Field will feature Hellas’ patented Matrix Turf with Helix Technology and an elastic layer under the turf to provide an extra layer of protection for athletes. 

The same artificial turf that McNeese selected for their field is the same turf installed at AT&T Stadium and The Star in Frisco Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, along with NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. It’s the most resilient, stable, and durable monofilament fiber turf on the market. It consists of twisted fibers of two different blade colors, creating a more natural looking surface with enhanced playability that bounces back quickly after use, preventing “splash out” of the infill material. The product’s quality, performance, and longevity are unmatchable.

“It’s going to be a beautiful field that staff, coaches, students, and alumni will be proud to call home,” said Champion.

Demolition of the old turf has already begun while construction of the new field will need approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System before beginning.

About Hellas Construction, Inc. headquartered in Austin, TX, is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. Hellas Construction is the Official Turf Provider of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, The Star at Frisco TX, and Ford Center. Hellas is the Preferred Turf Provider of the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium and exclusive turf provider for the Jacksonville Jaguars at their new indoor practice facility at Daily’s Place, next to EverBank Field in Florida. To learn more about Hellas Construction, visit

McNeese State University was founded in 1939 and located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. McNeese is one of nine universities within the University of Louisiana System and one of the largest public higher education systems in the United States. It is an evolving comprehensive university with the primary educational mission to provide a wide range of baccalaureate and carefully selected graduate curricula, distinguished by academic excellence, and offering more than 60 degree programs. For more information, visit

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