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Welcome to the Second Half of the AstroTurf Century!
Many people know the origin story of AstroTurf®, or at least they think that they do. The popular story is that it was developed specifically for the Houston Astrodome, but its roots go back just a little farther than that. The synthetic grass product that eventually...
Derry, NH – What started as a 96-field contest on Twitter has resulted in one grand champion being named in the inaugural AstroTurf Fan Favorite High School Football Field Contest. After six total rounds and thousands of votes being cast by high school fan bases, the contest was whittled down to three outstanding choices: Somerset High School of Kentucky, Marysville High School of Ohio, and Pinkerton Academy of New Hampshire.
Two AstroTurf football fields at a time were posted on Twitter and fans could vote on their favorite field with the one getting the most votes moving on to the next round. The voting remained tight until the very end with only a few dozen votes being the difference from 1st and 3rd place.
“We are thrilled that Memorial Field was selected as the AstroTurf Ultimate Fan Favorite High School Football Field,” said Pinkerton Headmaster Timothy Powers. “Through the hard work of many volunteers, money was raised by donations to build it. We are so proud of what this field represents, and it has been rewarding to see our student-athletes have the opportunity to play on it.”
Pinkerton Academy was founded in 1814 and is the largest independent high school in the United States. With a student body of over 3,300 and more than 500 faculty and staff members, Pinkerton Pride runs deep.
First American in space and one of Pinkerton’s most famous graduates, Alan Shepard, is the reason Pinkerton is the Astros. Pinkerton’s athletic program is a powerhouse in the state of New Hampshire. With 23 unique sports offered over 65 teams, approximately 1,300 student-athletes compete each year.
“Many thanks to the tremendous fan support our community has consistently demonstrated in supporting Pinkerton Academy and its athletic programs. Our continued success throughout the years is a direct reflection of this support,” stated Athletic Director Brian O’Reilly
The field itself is an AstroTurf 3D3 synthetic turf system. The “3D3” designation means the field also has AstroTurf’s RootZone, a sub-layer of crimped fibers that stabilizes the infill and increases shock absorbency. The turf has a 52-ounce face weight, meaning it has very dense stitching. All of these factors combine to make a synthetic turf that is stronger, safer, better, and more resilient. Pinkerton’s field was expertly installed by Certified AstroTurf Distributor, Atlantic Sports Group of Canton, MA.
O’Reilly added, “Our new AstroTurf fields have had an immediate impact on our athletic programs. The tremendous branding element for our school (end zones and logos that pop with dazzling colors) and quality of turf (multi-use for all of our outdoor sports) have increased our numbers and brought our community closer together.”
Pinkerton Academy’s former athlete standouts include USA Women’s Hockey gold medalist Tricia Dunn and Stanley Cup Champion Zach Sanford.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand 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 AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.
Boone, NC – App State Football will begin this year’s season with a brand-new turf created by the original inventor of synthetic turf, AstroTurf®. This is the third recent AstroTurf® installation at Appalachian State University after the school replaced the turf at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex and the Jim and Bettie Smith baseball stadium in 2019, and it’s an exciting upgrade for the Mountaineers and first-year Head Coach Shawn Clark.
“One of the best settings in college football just got even better,” said App State associate A.D. for internal operations John Welch. “We are committed to providing a world-class experience for our student-athletes, which includes the surfaces on which they train and compete for championships. We are excited to partner with AstroTurf on this beautiful new playing field at Kidd Brewer Stadium.”
With the Kidd Brewer Stadium installation, App State will have replaced over 350,000 square feet of old turf with AstroTurf®. In addition to the synthetic turf upgrade, the field is 20 percent larger and includes a new end zone facility.
The new field design includes a sharper end zone aesthetic, with “App State,” the school’s popular name, replacing the “Appalachian” end zone. The “A” symbol at mid-field is a dark black with a contrasting gold outline, the same color combination used to outline the new field. To create much-needed space for a full end zone facility, the track was removed and will be relocated to another campus location.
The new AstroTurf® consists of Trionic fibers, an advanced fiber blend purpose-built to deliver a better experience for players. The fibers are made from polyethylene (PE) molecules fused with nylon to achieve an unprecedented durability level while retaining the non-abrasive texture modern PE fibers are known for.
App State chose the AstroTurf® 3D3 infilled turf system, which offers grass-like traction and superior stability. As the former field was nearing the end of its serviceability, this is an important improvement for the players, who have a promising year ahead. The 2020 roster includes more than 20 seniors.
App State Football competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Sun Belt Conference. The program has an incredible legacy, winning three straight FCS national championships in 2005 to 2007, making the Mountaineers the first Division I School in the modern era to win three consecutive undisputed national titles. Since transitioning to the FBS level, the Mountaineers have played in, and won, five consecutive bowl games and captured each of the last four Sun Belt league titles.
App State Football has set its first scheduled game for September 12 at Kidd Brewer Stadium against Charlotte, which will be the team’s first chance to experience its new home turf.
About AstroTurf® For athletes, coaches, and sports enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand 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 AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.
Dalton, GA – AstroTurf®, the inventor of synthetic turf, and Brock®, the leading producer of turf shock pads, have come together to present an innovative new baseball and softball turf system: The AstroTurf® Diamond Series 3DK. The 3DK line is a transformative turf system that accomplishes a greater level of safety, cooling ability, and performance, giving today’s athletes a premium surface equipped to deliver the ultimate playing experience.
“The Diamond Series 3DK does it all – it’s safer, more durable, and it addresses a major problem with other systems – too much heat. Using a natural infill made from sustainable material, it’s also gentler on the environment,” says Aaron Klotz, AstroTurf Director of Baseball. “We’re always looking for ways to make our turf systems even more incredible and to give players exactly what they want. They’re out there giving their all, so we do the same. Our engineers spent an incredible amount of time researching and testing, and couldn’t be happier with what we’ve done in association with Brock®.”
The combination of AstroTurf’s resilient yet soft-textured synthetic fibers with Brock’s shock pads and cooler infill promises the highest layer of player protection. 3DK consists of AstroTurf RootZone®, BrockFILL®, and the Brock SP Series shock pads.
RootZone was proven to be the safest turf system bio-mechanically by independent researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Tennessee Turf Research Center. The nylon RootZone was also designed to minimize infill migration, thus increasing longevity.
BrockFILL®, an eco-friendly and durable organic material, sits beneath the turf fibers. The infill is made from an abundant species of southern pine, which is grown, harvested, and responsibly replanted. BrockFILL® doesn’t radiate heat or give off an unpleasant smell. It’s also more stable underfoot.
The Brock SP Series shock pads absorb shock well while keeping the field firm for athletes. These pads are known to outperform competitor pads that have twice the thickness. Made with a special micro-coating binder, they also allow for fast drainage, helping to preserve the integrity of the material for longer.
Even more exciting, one of the first fields to be laid with the new turf system will itself make history for softball and women’s athletics. AstroTurf® Diamond Series 3DK has been installed in the infield at Rosemont Park in Chicago in August. Rosemont Park, which is located within the Parkway Bank Sports Complex, will be the official playing field for the new Athletes Unlimited Softball League. The league will have its first game on the new field on August 29, which will air live on ESPN2.
“We are thrilled to have AstroTurf’s 3DK synthetic turf system on the field at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for our inaugural Athletes Unlimited Softball season,” said Cheri Kempf, Senior Director for Athletes Unlimited. “AstroTurf has been an innovative industry leader for decades and our players are excited to play on the new turf.”
Athletes Unlimited is an innovative new sports league created to give elite athletes the chance to compete professionally, while also providing fans the opportunity to discover, follow, and support world-class players. AstroTurf® and Brock® are proud to be a part of the league’s journey and to be able to offer the best synthetic turf in the industry to the players.
For athletes and sports enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand 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 AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.
About Brock USA
Brock USA is the nationwide leader in performance shock pad systems for artificial turf fields. With over 120 million square feet of Brock pads in athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle-to-Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Brock also manufactures BrockFILL, an organic wood particle infill. It is sustainably grown and harvested from trees in the United States. Its benefits boast greater foot stability and reduces the temperature of the field. To learn more, visit Brock USA’s website at brockusa.com.