Recent AstroTurf News

Marshall University Stands Out from the Herd

Huntington, WV, April 14, 2014– Marshall University Soccer has joined an exclusive club of NCAA programs playing on FIFA Recommended fields. FIFA, soccer’s highest governing body, has recently conferred FIFA 1-Star Certification, following field and lab testing, upon Marshall’s new AstroTurf® field at Veteran’s Memorial Soccer Complex on the campus in Huntington. That distinction makes Marshall’s one of only 25 FIFA-certified fields in the U.S., and in fact means the Thundering Herd will become only the second NCAA Division I soccer program in the country to play its home games at a soccer-specific stadium with a FIFA Recommended pitch.

Installation of the nearly 115,000 square foot field was completed in July of last year by Sports Construction Management, an AstroTurf distributor responsible for a number of successful projects in the region, including four FIFA Recommended fields at the Evergreen SportsPlex in Leesburg, Virginia. The surface is AstroTurf’s GT+ product, a synthetic turf system consisting of tufts of monofilament HorseShoe fibers with a sand and rubber infill. The omega-shaped (Ω) fibers are more resilient, giving the field a consistency that players and coaches at Marshall believe gives them a distinct home-field advantage.

“The turf plays beautiful and without a doubt it is the nicest turf I have ever been on,” said Men’s Head Soccer Coach Bob Gray. “The bounce and the role of the ball is like playing on a well-manicured grass field and the fact that we train on it every day is a real luxury for our team. The people at AstroTurf have been great to work with and I believe that their product will have a huge impact on the soccer industry. The decision to use AstroTurf for our new stadium is the best decision we made for our new 8 million dollar complex.”

Oklahoma State Picks AstroTurf for Boone Pickens Stadium

Stillwater, OK, March 19, 2014– As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. A year after installing two AstroTurf® 3D Xtreme practice fields at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, Oklahoma State University has tabbed the pioneers of the synthetic turf industry to resurface the crown jewel of OSU football, Boone Pickens Stadium. Installation of the new 76,000 square foot AstroTurf field is scheduled to begin on May 12th, and once underway the project will be live updated with continuous shooting photography on AstroTurf’s website.

The new field at Boone Pickens will be AstroTurf’s 3D Decade product, so named because it comes with a newly introduced 10 year warranty. The full, non-prorated 10 year warranty is only made possible by the use of a combination of exclusive AstroTurf technologies that, when combined, deliver the most durable surface in the industry. The grass-like surface is a combination of the omega-shaped (Ω) Horseshoe fiber for structural resiliency and slit film fiber for resistance to wear and sunlight. The cutting edge creation also incorporates AstroTurf’s patented RootZone® technology, a sub-layer of texturized nylon which stabilizes the sand and rubber infill and prevents splash and migration. The final touch is AstroTurf’s PREFAB system, in which the vast majority of the surface’s individual and permanent inlays are installed in one of AstroTurf’s climate controlled factories prior to shipping. This process reduces installation variables, inconsistencies and installation time. All of these features guarantee a consistent playing surface that has garnered rave reviews for its performance, durability and safety.

AstroTurf Installation – Sherman E. Smith Indoor Facility
Summer, 2013

Our players, coaches and staff have been extremely satisfied with our AstroTurf fields at the Sherman Smith Center,” said Athletic Director Mike Holder. “When it came time to replace the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium, we decided to stick with AstroTurf.

Boone Pickens Stadium is the oldest football stadium in the Big 12 Conference, tracing its roots back to 1919. The stadium was reimagined in conjunction with the “Next Level Campaign” of the early 2000’s, and after six years of renovations the facility was transformed into a state-of-the-art venue that rivals any in college football. Upon completion, the stadium was rededicated on September 5th, 2009, in a ceremony honoring noted businessman, philanthropist, and legendary alumnus T. Boone Pickens. His monumental gift of $165 million in 2005 was the largest ever received by a university athletic department and helped to revamp not only the football stadium but the entire athletic village of the OSU campus.