AstroTurf Press Releases
October 24, 2013
Ada, OH, October 24, 2013– From network computing in the 80’s to alternative energy initiatives in the 21st century to tuition reductions in the future, Ohio Northern University has never been shy about its cutting edge approach to academic progress. That same vision extends to the athletic fields this fall with the addition of two next-generation AstroTurf® playing surfaces. The football field at Dial-Roberson Stadium and the soccer field at newly christened Kerscher Stadium have both been upgraded from natural grass to the ultramodern synthetic turf systems. Installation of the new Bill Robinson Field at Dial-Roberson Stadium was completed one week prior to the October 5th kickoff against Mount Union while the beautiful new artificial surface bordered by a newly resurfaced running track helped kick off the grand opening of Kerscher Stadium on October 12th.
“This is a huge step forward for our athletic programs,” said Athletic Director Tom Simmons. “Having two turf fields will allow us to offer our student-athletes more opportunities in terms of practice and competition. We are grateful that the university allowed us to install the best product available.”
Both the football stadium and the track infield will be resurfaced with AstroTurf’s 3D Xtreme product. The signature surface for AstroTurf looks great and performs even better while delivering more durability and availability than natural grass with less maintenance required. Ohio-based Sports Contracting Group, a Certified AstroTurf Installer, is handling the installation project. Both fields are what the industry refers to as “full conversion,” which means that SCG has constructed a base, sub-base and drainage system below and before installing the artificial playing surface.
The state-of-the-art surface is itself a marvel of engineering. AstroTurf’s 3D Xtreme is an infilled turf system that blends three distinct elements into one cohesive design. The synthetic grass combines two of those elements, a high-performance slit film fiber and the resilient Horseshoe™ fiber.