Central Missouri Scores with AstroTurf

Large Scale Diamond Series Installation Underway at Grand Park

Marshall Chooses AstroTurf Again

USSSA and AstroTurf Team Up for Space Coast

OUAZ Announces New State-Of-The-Art AstroTurf Field

Why AstroTurf?

Learn the top 10 reasons to select AstroTurf for your next field… Learn More

A Field for Every Sport

There are all types of sports. Which is why there are all types of AstroTurf synthetic turf products… Learn More

Priority #1: Player Safety

Since 1965, AstroTurf has engineered synthetic turf systems with player safety uppermost in mind… Learn More

Just Like The Real Thing

We know the ins and out of creating a realistic looking turf field… Learn More

Built For Performance

With so many systems, it’s easy to see how AstroTurf can cover so much ground.

World Class 3D Turf

Find out why 60% of all AstroTurf clients select the RootZone technology.

Player Safety

Startling evidence has emerged from academic studies in recent years.

Find My Field

Whatever sport your team plays, there’s an AstroTurf product ready to take the field.

Welcome to AstroTurf

Since 1965, the AstroTurf brand has been driven by forward thinking ingenuity. Today AstroTurf continuously improves its system design to deliver playing surfaces with the most realistic, sport-specific performance, longest lasting durability, and sound player protection.

USSSA Space Coast Complex Teams Up with AstroTurf

The USSSA Space Coast Complex is the largest youth sports complex of its kind and it features
the AstroTurf Diamond Series turf system on all 15 fields.

Testimonials

“AstroTurf was able to deliver a premium turf system that catered to our needs, and they did so in a timely and professional manner.”

John Forney, Chief Facilities Officer
Capistrano United School District

“It was imperative from day one that our complex needed to multi-purpose and have the most advanced playing surface possible, and that’s why AstroTurf’s Diamond Series was the clear choice for us.”

Don DeDonatis, CEO
USSSA

“We have looked to AstroTurf in the past to meet our synthetic turf needs and they have come through again and again.”

Mike Hamrick, Athletic Director
Marshall University

“The field looks incredible and I know our student-athletes and fan base are ecstatic about the new surface.”

Marie Tuite, Athletic Director
San Jose State University

“Our program has reached new heights because of our new Turf Field but more importantly, our whole school system has benefited beyond what we anticipated.”

Mark Dixon, Head Football Coach
Galax High School

“With many of our students involved in sports, we are taking great pride in creating athletic facillities that will exceed their needs and expectations.”

Kevin Steele, Athletic Director
OUAZ

Latest News

Central Missouri Scores with AstroTurf

Warrensburg, MO – The Mules raced out to a fast start this year with the help of the newest member of the football team. The University of Central Missouri’s Walton Stadium received brand new, cutting edge athletic turf this summer from AstroTurf®. The...

What Happened During the Big 10 Championship?

Much attention was paid to the very lengthy delay that ensued when the turf seemingly tore under players’ feet at the goal line.  Erik Harlow, groundskeeper and social media sensation, feverishly reseamed the turf and replaced the infill in front of the eyes of the whole world.  Tweets quickly heralded Mr. Harlow a “#turf hero” …. and he did a superb job under intense scrutiny to get the field at Lucas Oil Stadium back into playable condition. However, given the time constraint and intense pressure to resume play, it made it impossible to fully complete the repair on the balance of the head seam extending into the endzone. While some people think “Turf is turf,” the reality is much more nuanced and complex, with the entire design philosophy of a turf manufacturer creating a big impact on the field, players, and stadium operations.  That was clear at the Big 10 Championship! So what really happened to the turf?  And how can stadiums avoid this sort of public debacle and safety hazard in the future?  To be clear, the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium is NOT AstroTurf.  But, AstroTurf can shed a little light on the issue, having earned a reputation for excellence in the niche conversion market, with high-profile removable fields installed over the last several decades at venues like the Alamodome, Rogers Centre, NRG Stadium, Edward Jones Dome, and more. As you can see, the turf has Velcro seams, with end zones brought in specially for this big game.  That seaming method is pretty much the standard way it is done with removable turf.  That typically is not an issue.  The trouble arises from the use of what is called a “head seam” right in the middle of the end zone.  That’s when you create a seam between panels of turf at a perpendicular angle to the body of the field rather than running the turf panel the entire width of the field, sideline-to-sideline.  That head seam creates a vulnerable area, where the forces under players’ feet can cause the panels to separate and – well – you saw the rest….

So why would a company put in a head seam at all?  It all has to do with the weight of the turf.  If the turf and infill are too heavy, it can become extremely difficult to roll up a full 160’ wide panel that would be required to run sideline to sideline.  We believe the field at Lucas Oil Stadium is a heavyweight infill system, with 9+ lbs of sand and rubber in the turf. Part of the reason that AstroTurf has always played well in the convertible turf market is its historical emphasis on “More Fiber, Less Fill.”  Putting in turf with more fiber and less fill enables us to avoid headseams altogether and ensure that the only seams that run perpendicular to the body of the field are outside the playing surface.  Turf is manufactured in 15’ wide panels.  So, consider the panel weights in heavy fiber weight systems versus heavy infill weight systems:

Heavy fiber Weight System (AstroTurf RootZone 3D System) Heavy Infill Weight System (like Lucas Oil Stadium)
Turf weight per sq. ft. .4 lbs .27 lbs
Infill weight per sq. ft. 5 lbs 9 + lbs
Total weight per sq. ft. 5.4 lbs 9.27 lbs
Panel square feet 15’ x 160’ = 2400 square feet 15’ x 160’ = 2400 square feet
Total Panel Weight 12,960 + lbs 22,248 + lbs

That’s a lot more weight to have to roll up in a single panel!

In permanent installations, which is a much larger segment of the market than conversion fields, the reasons for our “More Fiber, Less Fill” approach are numerous:

Safety—Our heavy fiber weight system includes a RootZone®– which is a fiber matrix that curls down and acts like a net to encapsulate the infill and reduce infill migration and splash.  When the infill is better held in place, that means:

  • More consistent shock absorption when players fall on the field
  • More consistent footing
  • Less infill compaction and rotational resistance on lower extremities – which has been demonstrated by independently funded testing at Michigan State University

ROI—More fiber on the front end means a longer field life, since the quality and content of the fiber directly determines when a field needs to be replaced!

Aesthetics—A field that has more fiber in a dense matrix looks more plush than a sparse turf system.  Plus, you have less of that unattractive fly-out from rubber on the field as players cut and slide.

All of these benefits also apply to the removable turf systems of course.  Plus, with the RootZone, you have much less infill loss each time the turf is rolled.  This video shows the turf being rolled up inside a pit at the Edward Jones Dome – imagine doing that without a RootZone!

If you’re a facility looking to upgrade – contact AstroTurf.  We know that these systems are a lot more involved than a “green side up” approach, and we can help!

About AstroTurf® For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s newly redesigned website at www.astroturf.com.

Mendota USD in California’s Central Valley Chooses AstroTurf® and Greenplay® to Reduce the Turf Temperature for their “Aztecs”

Mendota, CA – Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley in Fresno County, Mendota is an agricultural community with a strong heritage and community pride with generations of hard-working people striving to make a better life for their children. For Coach Robert Mejia, the Mendota High School athletic program is an opportunity to highlight the importance of education through sports as a path to college. Coach Mejia uses his time on the field to emphasize perseverance, patience, respect, fairness, integrity, hard work and dedication to each other. The Aztecs, known far and wide for their accomplishments, were featured in a one hour ESPN documentary in early 2014 in addition to an ABC News 20/20 piece that aired later that summer featuring the lives and stories of the student-athletes, the success of the regional championship football team and the fact that each player maintained greater than a 3.0 grade point average.

This past summer, the Mendota Unified School District has dedicated its precious resources for a new field for their champions. They relied on their coaches to determine the best options for the best all-around turf field that will serve the Aztecs into the next decade and with summer temperatures reaching well past 100 degrees, there was only one turf infill option they considered for the safety of their students.

Coach Mejia had experience with visiting many turf fields in his career and was determined to utilize Greenplay® organic infill in his new field. He called upon an expert in turf performance and safety utilizing organic infill; Dominick Berarducci, Regional Sales Manager at AstroTurf®. Dominick designed the ultimate turf system to replicate a pristine natural grass field for the Aztec’s by utilizing Greenplay® CorkonutTM organic infill in his AstroTurf® Rhino blend synthetic turf installed over a Brock shock pad.

Coach Mejia states “The field is amazing, and the families around here really appreciate the organic infill as we are surrounded by acres of almond groves. There is no odor, it’s not abrasive and there is no fly-out like rubber infill.” He adds “But what’s most important for the players is the temperature of the field on hot days, especially when they are in full gear. The Greenplay infill holds moisture, it’s more in line with real grass and it’s amazing how much cooler it is than any other turf field we have played on this summer. I would highly recommend Greenplay infill to every school.”

About AstroTurf®
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s newly redesigned website at www.astroturf.com.

About Greenplay®:
Greenplay Organics, LLC is a US based company that manufactures and distributes Greenplay® CorkonutTM with player safety as its top mandate. Every order starts with materials sourced exclusively from pesticide-free crops and blended in-house by utilizing proprietary natural processing methods so that quality, performance, and durability are vertically integrated from the production facility to the turf. Greenplay Organics also provides the highest quality pure granular cork proven in FIFA 2 Star certified professional fields. www.greenplayusa.com

Large Scale Diamond Series Installation Underway at Grand Park

Westfield, IN – A one-of-a-kind athletic complex is teaming up with the one-and-only. Grand Park Sports Campus, a new and impressive recreational athletic village situated just north of Indianapolis, has tabbed AstroTurf® to install eighteen synthetic turf baseball and softball diamonds. Work on the project began in November with completion scheduled for April.

Grand Park opened in 2014 and boasts 31 multipurpose fields and 26 baseball/softball fields. Although the venue is owned by the City of Westfield, the baseball side of Grand Park is managed by Bullpen Tournaments. They enlisted AstroTurf’s help to replace the infield portions of eighteen of the natural surface diamonds with artificial turf.

“Although we wanted to maintain natural grass outfields for those eighteen fields, we soon realized that traditional surfaces have limitations when it comes to inclement weather and heavy usage,” said Blake Hibler, Director of Operations for Bullpen Tournaments. “AstroTurf has become the gold standard for baseball turf, and we are excited to bring them in to replace our infields with their state-of-the-art synthetic turf.  We are thrilled to invest in the future of Grand Park and the City of Westfield and continuing the vision of making Grand Park Sports Complex a world-class facility. No other complex in the country will have 26 synthetic diamonds, creating a destination where baseball truly matters.”

The new infield surfaces at Grand Park will come from AstroTurf’s Diamond Series line of baseball and softball turf. Propelled by decades of research and development, the Diamond Series lineup is engineered to replicate the look, feel, and playability of both the grass and clay portions of the diamond all while delivering the benefits that natural surfaces lack – durability and drainage. Twelve baseball diamonds will be fitted with a Diamond Series infield that combines artificial grass with a specialized turf to emulate clay base paths. Six softball fields will receive Diamond Series softball turf to match the skinned infield play of the softball diamond.

“We are very excited to install our top of the line Diamond Series at one of the best facilities in the country,” said Aaron Klotz, AstroTurf’s Director of Baseball Operations. “Grand Park hosts some of the top players in the country during the spring and summer months, and now they’ll be playing on the best surfaces around.”

Grand Park hosted the Little League Midwest Regional this summer as well the Big Ten men’s and women’s soccer tournaments this fall. It will host the Amateur Baseball Championships for all ages next year, as well as several USSSA regional tournaments. The incredible 400-acre park is also the official home of the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp. The place is so massive that you could fit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Zoo, and Lucas Oil Stadium inside of it and still have plenty of room to spare.

About AstroTurf®
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s newly redesigned website at www.astroturf.com.

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