AstroTurf Press Releases

Marshall University Stands Out from the Herd

Huntington, WV, April 14, 2014– Marshall University Soccer has joined an exclusive club of NCAA programs playing on FIFA Recommended fields. FIFA, soccer’s highest governing body, has recently conferred FIFA 1-Star Certification, following field and lab testing, upon Marshall’s new AstroTurf® field at Veteran’s Memorial Soccer Complex on the campus in Huntington. That distinction makes Marshall’s one of only 25 FIFA-certified fields in the U.S., and in fact means the Thundering Herd will become only the second NCAA Division I soccer program in the country to play its home games at a soccer-specific stadium with a FIFA Recommended pitch.

Installation of the nearly 115,000 square foot field was completed in July of last year by Sports Construction Management, an AstroTurf distributor responsible for a number of successful projects in the region, including four FIFA Recommended fields at the Evergreen SportsPlex in Leesburg, Virginia. The surface is AstroTurf’s GT+ product, a synthetic turf system consisting of tufts of monofilament HorseShoe fibers with a sand and rubber infill. The omega-shaped (Ω) fibers are more resilient, giving the field a consistency that players and coaches at Marshall believe gives them a distinct home-field advantage.

“The turf plays beautiful and without a doubt it is the nicest turf I have ever been on,” said Men’s Head Soccer Coach Bob Gray. “The bounce and the role of the ball is like playing on a well-manicured grass field and the fact that we train on it every day is a real luxury for our team. The people at AstroTurf have been great to work with and I believe that their product will have a huge impact on the soccer industry. The decision to use AstroTurf for our new stadium is the best decision we made for our new 8 million dollar complex.”

Hampton University Upgrades to AstroTurf

Hampton, VA, April 8, 2014– The historic university known for its rising standard of excellence is teaming up with the iconic sports brand that raises the bar on industry standards. Hampton University has selected AstroTurf® to establish a state-of-the-art synthetic turf system on the grounds of Armstrong Stadium, home of Pirates football. Installation of the 90,000 square foot playing surface is scheduled to begin in May.

The new field at Armstrong will be AstroTurf’s 3D Decade product, so named because it comes with a newly introduced 10 year warranty. The full, non-prorated 10 year warranty is only made possible by the use of a combination of exclusive AstroTurf technologies that, when combined, deliver the most durable surface in the industry. The grass-like surface is a combination of the omega-shaped (Ω) Horseshoe fiber for structural resiliency and slit film fiber for resistance to wear and sunlight.

The cutting edge creation also incorporates AstroTurf’s patented RootZone® technology, a sub-layer of texturized nylon which stabilizes the sand and rubber infill and prevents splash and migration. The final touch is AstroTurf’s PREFAB system, in which 60-70% of the surface’s individual and permanent inlays are installed in one of AstroTurf’s climate controlled factories prior to shipping. This process reduces installation variables, inconsistencies and installation time. All of these features guarantee a consistent playing surface that has garnered rave reviews for its performance, reliability and safety.