Recent AstroTurf News
In less than a month, Seymour High School’s artificial turf has won over the community.
“A lot of people have told me it’s the prettiest field they’ve ever seen,” said athletic director Gary Householder. “An Alabama fan told me a couple of weeks ago that it’s nicer then (the University of Alabama’s) Bryant-Denny Stadium. That’s high praise.”
Workers recently installed the blue and gold AstroTurf® (GameDay Grass™ 3D H 52) field. They completed installation on March 15 in time for Seymour High School’s first home soccer game on March 18.
April 14, 2014
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.”