AstroTurf In The News
January 7, 2015
There is no chalk, no drawings on the foul lines and batter boxes minutes before the game. The umpire never dusts off home plate. There is never an uncomfortable landing on the pitchers mound.
And now, even the warning track in the outfield is different.
Duane Banks Field is completely dirtless.
In mid-December, a major portion of Phase II renovations were finished for the Iowa baseball team’s stadium, AstroTurf ® — both the name of the state-of-the-art playing surface and company that constructed the field on the west side of the UI campus — replaced the natural grass outfield and warning track. AstroTurf was installed in the infield prior to last season.
October 17, 2014
Portland, OR, October 17, 2014– The University of Portland baseball program is on the rise, and an iconic baseball brand is helping them get there. The Pilots will kick off the 2015 season next spring on a brand new baseball field from AstroTurf®, the originators of the synthetic turf industry.
Installation of the state-of-the-art playing surface is underway. A camera has been set up on location, and a new photo is uploaded every 5 minutes:
The new AstroTurf diamond will be part of a comprehensive renovation plan for Joe Etzel Field. The first phase of the project will feature immediate improvements such as new fencing, bullpens, a scoreboard and the cutting edge synthetic turf system. Coast to Coast Turf, a certified AstroTurf installer, will put their expertise to work in establishing the artificial surface at Etzel Field. Phase II is a long-term development plan that will include new grandstands, dugouts, lighting, a press box and other amenities. These modernizing enhancements are made possible by donations as part of the university’s RISE campaign.