AstroTurf In The News
February 7, 2014
PROFESSIONAL SOCCER RETURNS TO HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
SEATTLE, WA, February 7, 2014 – At a meeting Wednesday of the Seattle School Board, who controls Memorial Stadium, the final hurdles were overcome and the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced a multi-year agreement to make Memorial Stadium their new home.
“From a football perspective, the pitch is exactly what we were looking for,” said Reign FC Head Coach and General Manager Laura Harvey. “The stadium itself represents a massive opportunity to enhance the experience we can offer to our fans.” Reign FC will be painting over the AstroTurf field’s existing football lines, and in doing so will expand the length and width of the field dimensions when adding soccer-specific lines.
“Seattle Public Schools is proud that Seattle Reign FC have selected Memorial Stadium as their home field and we look forward to a long partnership,” said Seattle Public Schools Athletic Director Eric McCurdy.
Memorial Stadium is a 12,000-seat stadium located on the northeast corner of the Seattle Center campus, with the iconic Space Needle serving as the stadium’s backdrop. Built in 1947, the stadium was dedicated to honor the Seattle youth that lost their lives in World War II. The historic stadium later made history when in 1967 it became the first high school venue in the United States to install a synthetic turf field, an AstroTurf system. The stadium would go on to become the original home of the NASL’s Seattle Sounders in 1974 as well as destination for legendary artists such as Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and The Grateful Dead.
November 14, 2013
AstroTurf in infield will give UI baseball first-rate play surface
IOWA CITY — One of the first priorities laid out by Rick Heller when he was tabbed as the new University of Iowa head baseball coach was getting a more friendly playing surface at Duane Banks Field.
With dirt being moved around and dump trucks frequenting the Hawkeyes’ home field, Heller’s vision is taking shape. Iowa began work on removing the natural grass in the infield Oct. 17 to replace it with AstroTurf ®. The project is expected to take five weeks from start-to-finish.
“It was one of my goal to get done,” said Heller. “I felt like if we do it this fall, it would show everyone there is a renewed commitment to baseball at the University of Iowa.”
The project gives the program a first-rate playing surface, while also giving the team more practice stability.