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Wake Forest Demon Deacons Re-Up with AstroTurf

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Winston-Salem, NC, March 21, 2016– AstroTurf®, originators of the synthetic turf industry, will be resurfacing the field hockey pitch at Wake Forest University this spring.   The state-of-the-art synthetic turf field from AstroTurf will ensure an optimal playing surface when Wake Forest Field Hockey hosts both the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and the ACC Championship in 2016.

The new pitch at Kentner Stadium will be the AstroTurf 90 product, which combines the traditional knitted nylon top cloth with a 3/8th inch Armacell pad. AstroTurf fields have long been regarded as the unequivocal standard for field hockey performance and are the favorite among coaches and players alike for their playability, durability and low maintenance requirements. The knitted nylon surface is unique to AstroTurf and preferred because it provides tight tolerances, non-directional play and a uniform surface. It’s no wonder AstroTurf is recognized as the Official Artificial Surface Provider of both USA Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

“On behalf of the Wake Forest Athletic Department, Field Hockey is proud to announce AstroTurf as the official turf supplier of our world class facility at Kentner Stadium,” said Jennifer Averill, Head Field Hockey Coach. “AstroTurf continues to be recognized as a leader in our sport for playability. Hosting both the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and ACC Championship is a distinguished way to showcase our new state of the art facility and those who maintain it.”

Coach Averill will be heading into her 25th season at the helm for the Demon Deacons. Inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010, Averill has led Wake Forest to three national championships, five conference championships, and fifteen NCAA Tournament appearances.

Installation of the new pitch is slated for spring and will be a joint project of Sports Construction Management and AstroTurf. The new surface will replace an AstroTurf field that was installed in 2004 and lasted well beyond the industry standard of eight years.

For more information, contact Andy Belles, Director of Field Hockey, at abelles@astroturf.com.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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AstroTurf Designated FIH Preferred Supplier

FIH Preferred Supplier

Lausanne, Switzerland—The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to confirm that AstroTurf has been appointed as an official FIH Preferred Supplier.

As part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, Preferred Suppliers manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields. Their service provision therefore allows customers to benefit from a one-stop approach to the construction of their new hockey field.

The Preferred Supplier designation is the highest honor in the FIH Quality Programme. In addition to meeting all the criteria of FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders, AstroTurf has also demonstrated its commitment to working with the FIH around the world to provide high-quality hockey fields suitable for international, national, club and development hockey.

Only companies that are able to demonstrate their commitment to hockey are awarded this prestigious recognition. AstroTurf contributes to the development of hockey by working with the FIH to set the industry standards and build the fields needed to grow and sustain the game.

AstroTurf® has a long history of innovation and leadership in the hockey world. It’s the brand that changed the sport.  It invented turf in 1965, and AstroTurf has been the standard surface for elite hockey pitches since its first use at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  Pam Hixon, former US Olympic Coach,  said, “Field hockey moved off grass and onto synthetic turf 40 years ago when we first played on AstroTurf.  It is no surprise that the FIH has now selected AstroTurf to be a Preferred Supplier.”

The Preferred Supplier initiative is part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf which is aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development.

This internationally recognised quality-assurance programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards for the performance, construction and durability of hockey turf installations worldwide and ensures the appropriate quality for the intended level of play. As a result it will help inspire more people to play hockey, promote player welfare and protect the investment of those funding hockey facilities.

This programme forms an integral part of the FIH’s Hockey Revolution, a 10-year strategy that aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. As part of the overall strategy a major initiative was launched to increase the degree of professionalism in hockey. The Quality Programme is one of the first results of this initiative.

 

For more information about this programme, visit the new on new Hockey Turf section of FIH website by clicking here.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, universities, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.

About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 132 member National Associations.

 

Liberty Softball Stadium Voted 2nd Best College Softball Stadium in Nation

Article courtesy of Liberty Athletics and FloSoftball.com

Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium has been voted No. 2 among all NCAA softball stadiums in the nation, in a fan poll conducted by FloSoftball.com.

Campus aerials and of construction in progress taken January 28, 2015 Photo by David Duncan

Campus aerials and of construction in progress taken January 28, 2015 Photo by David Duncan

Liberty Softball Stadium, a 1,000-seat venue which opened in 2015, was listed behind only LSU’s Tiger Park. Alabama’s Rhoads Stadium was voted third, while home stadiums for Tennessee, South Carolina, Baylor, Arkansas, Georgia and Michigan received honorable mention.

In the near future, FloSoftball.com will feature video tours of each of the top three stadiums on its website.

The Liberty University Softball stadium approaches completion on March 17, 2015. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

The Liberty University Softball stadium approaches completion on March 17, 2015. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

Liberty’s stadium opened March 19, 2015, when the Lady Flames downed Rider, 9-2. The stadium dedication took place on April 3, 2015 prior to the team’s 7-3 win over Presbyterian. The Lady Flames hold a 13-10 record at their home stadium. The field is named after legendary fast pitch softball pitcher Dwayne Kamphuis.

Liberty Softball Stadium includes 1,000 chairback seats, home, visitor and umpires’ locker rooms, team room, situation room, coaches’ offices, indoor batting tunnels, two full bullpens and an expansive athletic training room. The state-of-the-art press box houses all game operations, home and visiting radio booths, TV booth and suite.

The Liberty University Softball stadium approaches completion on March 17, 2015. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

The Liberty University Softball stadium approaches completion on March 17, 2015. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

Liberty will compete at LSU’s Tiger Park this season, competing in the LSU Invitational March 4-5. The Lady Flames will also play at Baylor’s Getterman Stadium, Feb. 19-21.

Fans will have many opportunities to see the Lady Flames play at Liberty Softball Stadium this year, as Liberty has 21 home games. Liberty’s first home contest this season is March 10 at 5:30 p.m., as the team begins the Liberty Softball Classic by hosting Norfolk State.

FloSoftball.com
Top Softball Stadiums

1. Tiger Park (LSU)
2. Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium (Liberty)
3. Rhoads Stadium (Alabama)

Honorable Mention
Sherri Parker Lee Stadium (Tennessee)
Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field (South Carolina)
Getterman Stadium (Baylor)
Bogle Park (Arkansas)
Jack Turner Softball Stadium (Georgia)
Alumni Field (Michigan)

UWF’s AstroTurf practice field nearing completion

Article courtesy of Bill Vilona and USA Today High School Sports

The next big element toward the University of West Florida’s inaugural football season will soon be marked off the checklist.

Corey King, left, and Conner Whitener, right, uses an air driven sewing machine to stitch together sections of AstroTurf during the installation of the new playing surface at University of West Football facility Friday morning Jan. 8, 2016.

Corey King, left, and Conner Whitener, right, uses an air driven sewing machine to stitch together sections of AstroTurf during the installation of the new playing surface at University of West Football facility Friday morning Jan. 8, 2016.

The AstroTurf practice field, which is being handled by the Dalton, Ga. company that has installed a multitude of synthetic surfaces for college football programs, was installed and sewn together during the past week.

Final completion, including painting a logo and numbers, is set for the end of the month. The practice field location behind the UWF Aquatic Center will eventually include a training center building for coaches offices, weight room, meeting rooms and medical area.

The field completion is timed before national signing day (Feb. 3) and the Argos’ second recruiting class.

“It’s huge. It shows we are moving in the right direction,” said UWF football coach Pete Shinnick, who welcomed players this weekend in the first of four official recruiting visits for the month.

UWF assistant athletic director Tony Nguyen, who is the operations director, said the field project began early last summer with clearing of land.

“After they cleared the site, we contoured it,” he said. “Then we put in the underground infrastructure. The field has underground drainage… so it wasn’t as simple as leveling the land and putting turf on top.”

Eric Rice rolls out a new section of carpet during the installation of a section of AstroTurf at University of West Florida’s football facility Friday morning Jan. 8.

Eric Rice rolls out a new section of carpet during the installation of a section of AstroTurf at University of West Florida’s football facility Friday morning Jan. 8.

Workers spent the week installing mass rolls of AstroTurf, then sewing and sealing the mass strips. After that, Nuguyen said the surface will be filled with sand and rubber to become the turf padding.

“It was always the desire to have it done by signing day,” he said. “It was important to have something finished and ready to go for spring ball.

“It really all started about a month and a half ago when they put in the goal posts. At that point, you could see the field coming together.”

By having a synthetic turf field, it eases maintenance costs, Shinnick said and makes it far easier to practice during inclement weather.

“We had to do a Monday practice indoors (in fall) because the (grass) field was too wet. That won’t be a problem this year.”

The end zones will eventually be painted in a blue background. The midfield will have a large UWF Argo logo dominated in a green color.

AstroTurf Fields

Some colleges and NFL teams with AstroTurf brand synthetic turf fields.

St. Louis Rams (Edward Jones Dome)

University of Tennessee (indoor field)

Florida State (outdoor practice field)

Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium

Oklahoma State (stadium and practice field)

Kansas State (Bill Snyder Stadium).

University of South Carolina (indoor practice field)

Best available science indicates no reason for turf health concerns

Michael Peterson’s op-ed on myedmondnews.com regarding crumb rubber safety:

The Edmonds City Council’s decision to impose an 18-month freeze on the installation of turf fields with crumb rubber infill appears to rest on the assumption that there is substantial uncertainty regarding chemical exposures from this product. There is always at least some uncertainty in all areas of scientific inquiry, but the key is to look to the best available science. In the case of synthetic turf, the best available science indicates that there is no reason for concern about health risks for users of these fields. Dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and multiple state health agencies support this conclusion, and some have reviewed the evidence as recently as this year.

It is certainly understandable that parents and community members want to be prudent and take every possible precaution in protecting their children. But the discussion of potential health risks needs to be informed by the science, and also provided with context. For instance, studies that have examined chemicals in synthetic turf have found concentrations for some are similar to, or lower than, those found in natural soils. In addition, the finding of chemicals in a substance does not necessarily imply a health risk. We interact with products with potentially harmful chemicals and carcinogens every day (e.g., your iPhone, your computer, your carpet). However, because exposures are low there are generally not concerns for health effects.

Children’s safety—both now and in the long-term—is absolutely paramount. But fear devoid of evidence shouldn’t undermine the science. In the case of synthetic turf, the best available science indicates no health concerns for people using these fields. Hopefully, over the course of the next 18 months, Edmunds officials and residents will analyze the available data and come to the same conclusion.

— By Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson is a board-certified toxicologist at Gradient, an environmental and risk sciences consulting firm. He serves as scientific adviser to the Recycled Rubber Council.

UCLA Biobased AstroTurf Intramural Field

In the middle of the University of California, Los Angeles campus is the nearly eight acre Intramural Athletic Field (IM Field). In the summer of 2015, UCLA installed biobased AstroTurf &reg: in the previously sod IM Field. This change will save 6.5 million gallons of water each year and allows for 365 days of use for the tens of thousands of students and campus community members involved in recreation and sports at UCLA. The biobased AstroTurf is made with soy-based backing, a product called BioCel™ by Universal Textile Technologies (UTT). BioCel uses polyol derived from soybean oil to displace 60% of petroleum-based polyol in AstroTurf.

University of California - Los Angeles AstroTurf Intramural Field

The project vision began about ten years ago, according to Mike Deluca, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Life at UCLA. Over the years, the university had noticed both an increase in enrollment and also the growing concerns about water usage in California. Width 42,000 students, there was a high demand for use of the IM Field. In addition to intramural sports, drop-in recreation, and other student activities, fourteen field based club sport team as well as the UCLA Marching Band use the field weekly. In is also heavily used for summer camp programs, and large special events like the 2015 World Special Olympic Games.

Previously, the grass field had to be closed for up to four months a year for reseeding and maintenance. It also required the application of pesticides and fertilizers, and regular watering. The need for a safe, playable and sustainable field was clear to the University. Deluca says that the IM Field provides multiple benefits, “it is a significant sustainable practice through water savings, it is an urban location that will give 35% more field use in the same amount of acreage, and it becomes the showcase of activity and inclusion through student and community events.”

University of Central Missouri Enhances Baseball Stadium

Gift from Crane allows UCM to enhance baseball stadium that bears his name with new AstroTurf ®

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — The University of Central Missouri along with Jim Crane, UCM alumnus and owner of the Houston Astros, announced plans to upgrade the university’s baseball facility, with a new (AstroTurf) synthetic turf playing surface. The announcement of the gift from Crane, Houston, Texas, took place in a press conference at the stadium that bears his name, which also has benefited through the former Mule baseball standout’s generosity.

James R. Crane Stadium at Robert N. Tompkins Field

“The bond between a player and a coach and the appreciation of an alumnus in their university is again evident in the support that Jim Crane has provided to the University of Central Missouri and our baseball program. When we think about Tompkins Field and Crane Stadium, the value of that relationship is what is highlighted by this incredible gift that Jim has provided,” said UCM President, Dr. Chuck Ambrose.