AstroTurf Press Releases


Scranton, PA, August 21, 2014– West Texas, Northeast Ohio, SoCal, Rural Georgia, Florida, to name a few. Ask any knowledgeable sports fan what these places have in common and invariably the answer will come back “high school football.” It’s an inextricable part of Americana, those dozen or so celebrated regions across the country galvanized by the Friday Night Lights. Of course the communities that populate this arbitrary list vary depending on who you ask, and are subject to local bias. After all, a Kansas City man might mention Memphis on his list of best barbecue, but you can guess what city he’ll put number one.

Eastern Pennsylvania is often cited as one of these devoted hotbeds of high school football. Scranton lies in the heart of this region, and a closer look reveals some of the enduring qualities that resonate in a football town beyond just a rabid fan base or gridiron glory. The heartbeat of high school football centers in Scranton Memorial Stadium, which serves the Scranton School District. Built in 1951, the stadium accommodates 15,000 spectators and hosts local high school football games, district track and field meets, and regional all-star games. Its seating capacity is larger than some of the college football stadiums in the state. For decades it has functioned as the athletic epicenter of the region and a place that brings the community together.

“Football is a big deal around here,” said Cy Douaihy, a member of the SSD Board of Directors. “Memorial has meant a lot to our community for a long time.”

End zone view of the new field

End zone view of the new field

To understand why, it’s important to understand Scranton’s history. Incorporated in 1866 with a population of 35,000 people, the city’s economy was based on coal mining. The success of that industry spawned others, as the steel and railroad industries gained traction in the region. Throughout the last half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, Scranton was booming and the population steadily grew. The 1900 census shows Scranton as one of the 40 largest cities in the nation, home to more people than Atlanta, Nashville, Seattle, or San Antonio.


Waterville, ME, August 11, 2014 — Coming off of their best season in ten years, Colby College field hockey is looking to take the next step. And when the Mules take the pitch this fall, they will be stepping onto a brand new playing surface from AstroTurf®, the originators of the synthetic turf industry.


Bill Alfond Field, Colby College Mid E-Layer Installation

The new pitch at Bill Alfond Field features the AstroTurf 12 product, a premium knitted nylon system engineered to provide uniform traction, consistent footing, and water retention to maintain wet playing conditions. AstroTurf fields have long been regarded as the unequivocal standard for field hockey performance and are a favorite among coaches and athletes alike for their playability, durability and low maintenance. It’s no wonder AstroTurf is recognized as the Official Artificial Surface Provider of both USA Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. In fact, a recent NFHCA survey showed that 71% of Division I schools play hockey on an AstroTurf field*.