AstroTurf Press Releases

Safe Fields Alliance Issues Statement in Response to NBC Report

safe fields allianceNew York, NY, October 1, 2015 – Today the Safe Fields Alliance (“SFA”), a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber, issued the following statement in response to the September 30th, 2015 NBC News report on this topic:

First and foremost, our sympathy goes out to the cancer patients and their families featured in the NBC report.  Nothing is more important than the safety and health of children.  That is why when making decisions related to children’s safety and health we have to look at the facts and the science, which in this case are extremely clear: synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber are safe.  Dozens of scientific studies, including peer-reviewed academic analyses and federal and state government reports, have all found no connection between these fields and cancer or other health issues.

When this issue was first raised in 2008, a number of studies were commissioned and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community was satisfied that the results showed no reason for concern.  As NBC notes in its report, “No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer.”

University of Delaware’s Unprecedented Athletic Facilities Upgrades

Newark, DE – The University of Delaware Blue Hens football team will be ready for their home-opener against Jacksonville on September 4th.  This preseason, the team has been practicing on brand new AstroTurf® fields. The Blue Hens recently wrapped up the installations of two more AstroTurf® fields, making a total of six premium AstroTurf surfaces installed in just the last two years that are benefiting student-athletes across campus.

AstroTurf Football Practice UD

Football Practice Fields

These ambitious facility improvements have elevated the University of Delaware’s profile and given the school some of the most cutting edge facilities in the Colonial Athletic Association. The unrivaled facility upgrades are evidence of the investment the school has made into enhancing the Delaware student-athlete, club sport, intramural, and recreation experience.