Recent AstroTurf News
April 1, 2015
VIRGINIA SOCCER TRAINING TEAMS WITH ASTROTURF, SPORTS CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND BROCK INTERNATIONAL TO BUILD TWO OF THE FINEST FIELD SYSTEMS IN THE MID ATLANTIC REGION.
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) announced that they had awarded a contract to AstroTurf, Sports Construction Management, and Brock International to install the Virginia Soccer Training Center’s (VSTC) first two artificial turf fields at the recently opened 50 acre complex located in Spotsylvania County, VA.
The three companies have also entered into a multi-year marketing agreement with VYSA and will become the category exclusive partner of VYSA and VSTC. Construction will begin shortly with completion expected in June. The two fields will be a lighted contiguous FIFA regulation size utilizing the AstroTurf ® GameDay Grass™ 1.5 Extreme over the Brock SP-14 Shock Pad which will require less infill and is prove to reduce sports injury risk.
March 7, 2015
Orlando, FL, March 7, 2015– A new chapter is will begin for professional soccer in Florida on Sunday. Orlando City Soccer Club will host fellow Major League Soccer expansion franchise New York City FC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. The Orlando Citrus Bowl underwent extensive renovations in 2014, including demolition of 90% of the stadium. It now features enhanced fan experiences, state-of-the-art amenities, and a brand new, world class AstroTurf field. The field has now received certification from FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, as a 2-Star Recommended Field, the highest classification available and one of fewer than a dozen such fields in the United States.
The field, designed by Patrick Maguire, President of Activitas and one of the leading field designers in the country, tackled the unique challenges presented by the various programming scheduled throughout the year at the venue:
“As a former collegiate soccer player, I understand how important the interaction between the ball and the playing surface is for top level players.” Explained Maguire, “We know we can meet their expectations of a safe, consistent surface with minimal infill splash, but the real challenge is balancing these expectations with the need to host a wide range of events such as major college bowl games, concerts or Monster Jam, which involves importing 300 tons of dirt onto the surface. Having utilized the AstroTurf 3D 60 ounce XPE product for the prior Citrus Bowl renovation we were confident that we could achieve the performance levels required for FIFA 2-Star certification but also meet the long term durability needs of a heavily programmed multi-purpose facility and the aesthetic requirements of a first class sporting venue.”