AstroTurf Press Releases
February 12, 2014
Wichita, KS, February 12, 2014– AstroTurf® is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) that will align the iconic sports brand with one of the nation’s most historic athletic associations. AstroTurf®, the originators of the artificial turf industry will become the new Official Synthetic Turf Provider of “The Kansas Conference.”
“We are delighted to be teaming up with AstroTurf,” said Dr. Scott Crawford, Commissioner of the KCAC. “They are an organization with a tremendous history and a continuing commitment to innovation for the betterment of athletic competition. The outstanding performance, durability, and safety of their playing fields make AstroTurf an ideal fit for Official Synthetic Turf Provider of the KCAC.”
Tracing its roots back to 1890 and the first successful attempt at organization among Kansas colleges to promote and regulate their amateur athletics, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference remains one of the oldest intercollegiate conferences in the country. The league consists of ten participating schools who compete in eighteen championship sports in cooperation with NAIA governance. KCAC member institutions include Bethany College, Bethel College, Friends University, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of Saint Mary.
February 11, 2014
Houston, TX, February 11, 2014– Following a memorable championship season for the Rice football program, the Owls’ historic home field is getting an upgrade. Rice Stadium, host of the first ever Super Bowl played on AstroTurf®, will be resurfaced with a state-of-the-art AstroTurf field in advance of the start of Spring Football in March.
The new field at Rice Stadium will be AstroTurf’s 3D60H synthetic turf system. The product features a monofilament Horseshoe™ fiber, sand and rubber infill, and AstroTurf’s patented RootZone® technology. The monofilament Horseshoe fiber has an omega shape (Ω), giving the “blades of grass” structure and resiliency. The RootZone is a proprietary infill stabilization system of textured nylon that holds the infill in place, preventing splash and migration. The result is a clean, consistent playing surface which has garnered rave reviews for its performance, durability and safety.
“I had the opportunity to visit one of their next generation fields down at Barbers Hill and I was impressed,” said head coach David Bailiff. “The innovative technology behind their product combined with the integrity of the company and their people made the decision an easy one for our staff here at Rice.”
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.