AstroTurf Press Releases

Orlando Citrus Bowl Receives FIFA 2-Star Certification

Orlando, FL, March 7, 2015– A new chapter is will begin for professional soccer in Florida on Sunday. Orlando City Soccer Club will host fellow Major League Soccer expansion franchise New York City FC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. The Orlando Citrus Bowl underwent extensive renovations in 2014, including demolition of 90% of the stadium.  It now features enhanced fan experiences, state-of-the-art amenities, and a brand new, world class AstroTurf field. The field has now received certification from FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, as a 2-Star Recommended Field, the highest classification available and one of fewer than a dozen such fields in the United States.

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The field, designed by Patrick Maguire, President of Activitas and one of the leading field designers in the country, tackled the unique challenges presented by the various programming scheduled throughout the year at the venue:

“As a former collegiate soccer player, I understand how important the interaction between the ball and the playing surface is for top level players.” Explained Maguire, “We know we can meet their expectations of a safe, consistent surface with minimal infill splash, but the real challenge is balancing these expectations with the need to host a wide range of events such as major college bowl games, concerts or Monster Jam, which involves importing 300 tons of dirt onto the surface. Having utilized the AstroTurf 3D 60 ounce XPE product for the prior Citrus Bowl renovation we were confident that we could achieve the performance levels required for FIFA 2-Star certification but also meet the long term durability needs of a heavily programmed multi-purpose facility and the aesthetic requirements of a first class sporting venue.”

AstroTurf® Embraces New Approach to Japanese Market through New Distributor, ASI Astro

astroturf asi japan(TOKYO, Japan) - AstroTurf, the world leader in and inventor of the synthetic turf, announces new distribution plans for the growing Japanese market.  Effective immediately, AstroTurf and its previous Japanese distributor, AstroCorp (subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation) have terminated their distribution agreement.  Moving forward, AstroTurf will refocus its efforts in Japan to make a positive and direct move into this growing market through its new distributor, ASI Astro.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the AstroTurf brand invented synthetic turf and continues to be the most recognized global brand and market leader in the industry.  AstroTurf, LLC, is based in Dalton, Georgia, USA and is supported by its authorized international branches around the world.