Governor’s Cup At Brown

(9.18) The grounds crew puts the finishing touches around the newly-installed artificial turf at Brown Stadium in anticipation of this weekend’s Governor’s Cup, the annual Brown vs. URI football game. The Brown Daily Herald announced last June:

Brown athletics announced Tuesday that the playing surface at Brown stadium will be upgraded to artificial turf prior to the start of the upcoming season. . .

In addition to flattening the playing field, the new turf will be immune to the degradation common in grass as games wear on. “The grass field kind of gets beaten up throughout the game,” said halfback and team captain Allen Smith ’22. “Later on in the game, more slips happen and it’s harder to make some of those cuts that you could early on in the game. If the grass is torn up, you don’t have great surface traction.”

This will be the 39th contest since the Governor’s Cup began in 1981 (last year’s game was canceled due to Covid) with both sides winning 19 times. The Brown Bears (0-0) will be taking on the (2-0) URI Rams.

The game will be Brown’s first since a 29-23 loss to Dartmouth on Nov. 23, 2019, a span of 665 days. URI’s last game was a week ago. Advantage: URI.

Go Rhody.

Masks will be required. The Google Maps link below shows an aerial view of the field renovation in progress.

(Additional note: Rams win, 45-24.)

Governor’s Cup, $20 day of, 12:30pm, Saturday, September 18, Brown Stadium, 400 Elmgrove Avenue, (directions)

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