AstroTurf Press Releases

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Re-Up with AstroTurf

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Winston-Salem, NC, March 21, 2016– AstroTurf®, originators of the synthetic turf industry, will be resurfacing the field hockey pitch at Wake Forest University this spring.   The state-of-the-art synthetic turf field from AstroTurf will ensure an optimal playing surface when Wake Forest Field Hockey hosts both the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and the ACC Championship in 2016.

The new pitch at Kentner Stadium will be the AstroTurf 90 product, which combines the traditional knitted nylon top cloth with a 3/8th inch Armacell pad. AstroTurf fields have long been regarded as the unequivocal standard for field hockey performance and are the favorite among coaches and players alike for their playability, durability and low maintenance requirements. The knitted nylon surface is unique to AstroTurf and preferred because it provides tight tolerances, non-directional play and a uniform surface. 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.

“On behalf of the Wake Forest Athletic Department, Field Hockey is proud to announce AstroTurf as the official turf supplier of our world class facility at Kentner Stadium,” said Jennifer Averill, Head Field Hockey Coach. “AstroTurf continues to be recognized as a leader in our sport for playability. Hosting both the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and ACC Championship is a distinguished way to showcase our new state of the art facility and those who maintain it.”

Coach Averill will be heading into her 25th season at the helm for the Demon Deacons. Inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010, Averill has led Wake Forest to three national championships, five conference championships, and fifteen NCAA Tournament appearances.

Installation of the new pitch is slated for spring and will be a joint project of Sports Construction Management and AstroTurf. The new surface will replace an AstroTurf field that was installed in 2004 and lasted well beyond the industry standard of eight years.

For more information, contact Andy Belles, Director of Field Hockey, at abelles@astroturf.com.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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ASTROTURF SELECTED AS OFFICIAL SYNTHETIC TURF OF THE NAIA

 

Naia selects AstroTurf

Kansas City, MO, March 3, 2016– AstroTurf, the iconic sports brand known for its pioneering spirit, is teaming up with the innovative leader of intercollegiate integrity. Following a rigorous vetting process, the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association has selected AstroTurf as the Official Synthetic Turf of the NAIA.

The NAIA’s selection of AstroTurf amounts to an exclusive partnership between the American artificial turf manufacturer and the athletic association, and represents an alignment of shared values regarding the positive impact of collegiate sports. Dan Harris, a member of the NAIA Hall-of-Fame for his outstanding service as Athletic Director at Baker University, will act as liaison between the two organizations. Mr. Harris has served as a sales consultant to AstroTurf since 2013.

“The NAIA is delighted to designate AstroTurf as the official turf of the NAIA,” said NAIA President Jim Carr. “Their innovative products and commitment to excellence will enable NAIA athletes to perform on safe and durable fields, thereby elevating the level of athletic competition among our teams.”

Dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics, the NAIA has served as the nation’s governing body of small athletic programs since 1937. The NAIA continuously promotes the values of fair competition, integrity and student-athlete success through initiatives such as Champions of Character, established in 2000. Providing athletic experiences for more than 65,000 student-athletes in over 200 member schools across 23 championship sports each year, the NAIA maintains proper balance with overall college educational experience.

“AstroTurf is an innovative company that has made great strides to advance the technology of artificial turf systems, resulting in better performance and safety for the athletes,” said Mr. Harris. “The character values of these two organizations align so closely making this partnership a great match.”

Founded in 1965, AstroTurf originated the synthetic turf industry and has spent the last fifty years developing new technologies and inventive designs to push the envelope of the artificial turf trade. Today AstroTurf offers a product line of dozens of customizable synthetic playing surfaces engineered for top-flight performance and safety with sport-specific playability. A globally recognized brand with fields on all four corners of the Earth, AstroTurf remains a family-owned American company that maintains both its corporate headquarters and its manufacturing facilities in Dalton, Georgia.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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AstroTurf Designated FIH Preferred Supplier

FIH Preferred Supplier

Lausanne, Switzerland—The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to confirm that AstroTurf has been appointed as an official FIH Preferred Supplier.

As part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, Preferred Suppliers manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields. Their service provision therefore allows customers to benefit from a one-stop approach to the construction of their new hockey field.

The Preferred Supplier designation is the highest honor in the FIH Quality Programme. In addition to meeting all the criteria of FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders, AstroTurf has also demonstrated its commitment to working with the FIH around the world to provide high-quality hockey fields suitable for international, national, club and development hockey.

Only companies that are able to demonstrate their commitment to hockey are awarded this prestigious recognition. AstroTurf contributes to the development of hockey by working with the FIH to set the industry standards and build the fields needed to grow and sustain the game.

AstroTurf® has a long history of innovation and leadership in the hockey world. It’s the brand that changed the sport.  It invented turf in 1965, and AstroTurf has been the standard surface for elite hockey pitches since its first use at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  Pam Hixon, former US Olympic Coach,  said, “Field hockey moved off grass and onto synthetic turf 40 years ago when we first played on AstroTurf.  It is no surprise that the FIH has now selected AstroTurf to be a Preferred Supplier.”

The Preferred Supplier initiative is part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf which is aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development.

This internationally recognised quality-assurance programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards for the performance, construction and durability of hockey turf installations worldwide and ensures the appropriate quality for the intended level of play. As a result it will help inspire more people to play hockey, promote player welfare and protect the investment of those funding hockey facilities.

This programme forms an integral part of the FIH’s Hockey Revolution, a 10-year strategy that aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. As part of the overall strategy a major initiative was launched to increase the degree of professionalism in hockey. The Quality Programme is one of the first results of this initiative.

 

For more information about this programme, visit the new on new Hockey Turf section of FIH website by clicking here.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, universities, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.

About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 132 member National Associations.

 

Safe Fields Alliance Issues Statement in Response to NBC Report

safe fields allianceNew York, NY, October 1, 2015 – Today the Safe Fields Alliance (“SFA”), a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber, issued the following statement in response to the September 30th, 2015 NBC News report on this topic:

First and foremost, our sympathy goes out to the cancer patients and their families featured in the NBC report.  Nothing is more important than the safety and health of children.  That is why when making decisions related to children’s safety and health we have to look at the facts and the science, which in this case are extremely clear: synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber are safe.  Dozens of scientific studies, including peer-reviewed academic analyses and federal and state government reports, have all found no connection between these fields and cancer or other health issues.

When this issue was first raised in 2008, a number of studies were commissioned and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community was satisfied that the results showed no reason for concern.  As NBC notes in its report, “No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer.”