Recent AstroTurf News
November 6, 2015
AstroTurf, one of the most famous names in all of sports — high school, collegiate and professional — calls Dalton, Georgia home, and has since 1968.
In the mid-1960s, AstroTurf invented the artificial turf segment for athletic field coverings. In 1966, AstroTurf was installed at the “Eight Wonder of the World,” the multi-use Astrodome in Houston, Texas for use during Houston Astros and Houston Oilers professional baseball and football games, respectively.
Over the years, AstroTurf has racked up a list of clients that reads like a who’s-who of big-name sports: the St. Louis Rams, the Kansas State Wildcats, the Orlando Citrus Bowl, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The United States women’s national soccer team practices on AstroTurf, which led to the World Cup champion women playing an exhibition game at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium — equipped with AstroTurf — in August…
LOS ANGELES, CA, November 2, 2015 – Another “Gold Rush” appears to have made its way to the state of California – This time rooted in the greater Los Angeles area. Once again, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks was able to captivate the community with Griffith Park’s newly completed John Ferraro Athletic Fields. Made possible through contributions from the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, as well as other generous donors – the Ferraro Fields project is expected to serve over 170,000 youth players and save 9.5 million gallons of water on a year-round basis.
An ecstatic crowd gathered at the four-field facility for Saturday’s grand re-opening to take a first look at the new fields and hear about the coinciding water conservation efforts. Even the ribbon cutting ceremony panned out to be quite a special moment, as local youth were able to stand and celebrate alongside Olympic legends and city leaders. Not to be overshadowed in the midst of Saturday’s excitement is the entire scope of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks’ unequivocal commitment to “provide well-maintained facilities that reflect the public’s needs and interests.” With three “Golden Series” projects now completed for the Department of Recreation and Parks in the past year (and more on the horizon), the future of turf is already booming in Los Angeles!