Recent AstroTurf News
November 14, 2013
AstroTurf in infield will give UI baseball first-rate play surface
IOWA CITY — One of the first priorities laid out by Rick Heller when he was tabbed as the new University of Iowa head baseball coach was getting a more friendly playing surface at Duane Banks Field.
With dirt being moved around and dump trucks frequenting the Hawkeyes’ home field, Heller’s vision is taking shape. Iowa began work on removing the natural grass in the infield Oct. 17 to replace it with AstroTurf ®. The project is expected to take five weeks from start-to-finish.
“It was one of my goal to get done,” said Heller. “I felt like if we do it this fall, it would show everyone there is a renewed commitment to baseball at the University of Iowa.”
The project gives the program a first-rate playing surface, while also giving the team more practice stability.
October 14, 2013
Ann Arbor, MI, October 14, 2013– The Maize and Blue; the winged helmet; the Big House; the Fab Five – the American sports lexicon would be incomplete without the iconic footprint of Michigan Athletics. For their latest endeavor the Wolverines have teamed up with another icon of American sports, AstroTurf®. As part of the facility upgrades to its Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex, the University of Michigan has paired with AstroTurf to install new state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields in both the baseball and softball stadiums. Site excavation is already underway and each of the brand new artificial playing surfaces will be rolled out in the following weeks.
The Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex opened in 2008 and houses both Ray Fisher Stadium and Alumni Field. Massive renovations prior to its opening brought new locker room and training facilities with modern amenities, administrative offices, improved spectator seating, and an architectural overhaul. The result was a classically beautiful yet distinctly modern venue for baseball and softball that rivaled any in the country. But after a few years it became clear there was one issue of functionality that needed to be addressed – the natural grass fields. A February kickoff to the college season coupled with a Great Lakes Region climate meant that the fields were deluged with inclement weather and rarely available for games or practice until well into the spring. The answer was a new AstroTurf field.