Massive Washington Sports Complex Chooses AstroTurf

The Episcopal School of Dallas Steps Up Their Game with AstroTurf

AstroTurf Covering 6 High School Fields in Georgia School District

De La Salle High School and AstroTurf are Making History in California

San Jose State's New Softball Field is Latest in Partnership with AstroTurf

Kansas State Upgrades to AstroTurf Trionic

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Massive Washington Sports Complex Chooses AstroTurf

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — For residents of a part of the Pacific Northwest, the great outdoors will be even greater this fall. That’s when an enormous sports complex opens in Ridgefield, Wash., featuring fields by AstroTurf, the leader in the synthetic turf industry.

The Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is a 40-acre park with six AstroTurf fields and all will contain a RootZone product. There will be nearly 14 acres of turf onsite.  The project is a partnership with the Ridgefield School District and shares a site with the new Sunset Ridge Intermediated School and View Ridge Middle School.  Ridgefield, located in southern Washington, is about 25 miles north of Portland, Ore. The suburb of Portland and Vancouver, Wash., has experienced a population surge that highlighted the need for a recreation complex. City officials expect the complex will draw residents from the surrounding area and will also be a hub for regional sports tournaments.

“We selected the AstroTurf RootZone product after an extensive turf selection process and touring several facilities,” said Bryan Kast, city of Ridgefield Public Works director. “We were impressed by the RootZone’s ability to reduce infill spray and migration, which gives a better and safer play experience.”

The RootZone 3D3 Blend is a premium product that combines slit film and monofilament fibers for optimum durability and structural integrity. It is highlighted by AstroTurf’s patented RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes infill and improves shock absorbency. The RootZone 3D3 Blended Fiber system is 60 ounces of fiber and has a 10-year warranty backed by annual AstroTurf maintenance plan. The Trionic fibers blend PE and nylon into an ultra-durable fiber that wears up to 50 percent better. This turf system will provide exceptional force reduction to reduce incidence of concussions and cleat interaction that better replicates well-maintained natural grass playing fields to reduce incidence of injuries to lower extremities.

The complex supports baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and softball. The fields at the north end of the complex are in a baseball stadium capable of holding more than 2,000 spectators. There is also a premier soccer field that does not have permanent lines for other sports. The other fields are multi-purpose and are lined for other sports. There is a track encircling the football field along with trails snaking throughout the complex. A community center, amphitheater and picnic tables round out the project.

After touring fields in Portland, Ridgefield city officials were convinced AstroTurf was the perfect product for the project due to its track record of durability, performance and safety standards.

Their procurement of the brand new fields was made possible by AstroTurf’s association with National IPA. National IPA is the nation’s leading cooperative purchasing organization. They offer a portfolio of competitively solicited contracts that have been awarded based on industry best practices and maximum value. It saves cities like Ridgefield time and money by eliminating the administrative costs and hassles of running competitive solicitations on their own.

About AstroTurf®

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.

The Episcopal School of Dallas Steps Up Their Game with AstroTurf

Dallas, TX – The Episcopal School of Dallas prides itself on having a standard of excellence and when it was time to upgrade their football field they chose the most technologically advanced synthetic turf system in the industry.  When the Eagles kick off their football season this fall, they will be doing so on a system that is becoming the talk of the artificial turf world.

ESDallas chose to surface Gene and Jerry Jones Stadium with AstroTurf’s RootZone 3DSF turf system featuring Trionic™ and SuperNatural. There’s a lot to talk about in this system so it is important to break down the complexities and features of this new field. RootZone 3DSF is a signature product that features slit film fibers for the ultimate in durability. The premium surface also contains AstroTurf’s patented RootZone technology, a thatched sub-layer of fibers that stabilize the infill and deliver enhanced safety and performance.  The system will feature AstroTurf’s super-fiber, Trionic. Trionic is a wonder-fiber that reinforces player-friendly polyethylene fibers with ultra-durable nylon polymers in a feat of chemical engineering never achieved before in the turf industry.  The turf has a 60-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.

The Episcopal School of Dallas project is using the Melos SuperNatural EPDM Infill, which is blended EPDM rubber with 20 percent organic compound woven throughout the rubber materials. Melos brings legendary quality standards and an innovative approach to blend natural fibers into EPDM, creating additional cooling benefits. Advantages of this super-durable system include hemp which wicks water to help further reduce surface temperatures (which is crucial in the hot sun), no water required for the product integrity and the bulk density reduces the quantity needed. Also, to provide a level of environmental friendliness, renewable raw materials are included.   

“AstroTurf brings The Episcopal School of Dallas levels of support, value, innovative design and expert installation that we seldom encounter. They are a trusted partner and we couldn’t be prouder to be a repeat client” said Robert Buchholz, ESDallas CFO.

The field will be used by the football, soccer and lacrosse programs so The Episcopal School of Dallas chose a turf system that could stand up to the demands of daily rigorous activity.

The success of the ESD athletic programs are well-known throughout Texas and beyond. ESD fields more than 70 athletic teams for grades seven through twelve. Approximately 90 percent of Upper School Students play on at least one athletic team. In the last few years, ESD teams have won numerous championships in basketball, crew, field hockey, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and soccer.  The Episcopal School of Dallas is a member of the Southwest Preparatory Conference which consists of 18 college preparatory schools located in Texas and Oklahoma.

About AstroTurf®
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.

AstroTurf Covering 6 High School Fields in Georgia School District

CANTON, Ga. — When the calendar turns fall in the football-obsessed South, all six high schools in one Georgia school district will be playing on new synthetic turf fields from the industry leader in innovation, AstroTurf.

The Cherokee County School District chose AstroTurf® and Sports Turf Company, Inc., a Certified AstroTurf Distributor, to complete the renovations. The board made their decision after extensive research showed AstroTurf’s synthetic turf provided exceptional annual cost of ownership, met rigorous demands for player safety, would significantly reduce maintenance demands, and would be durable to hold up longer for use by football, soccer and lacrosse programs.

Fields at the school district’s six high schools — Cherokee, Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock — are all included in the project. In total, 535,166 square feet of synthetic turf will be installed before football season kicks off this fall.

The field at Etowah is a replacement field, while the other five are conversions of existing natural grass fields and include demolition, new construction and surfacing of existing track events within the boundaries of the fields.  

“Through this installation, the Cherokee County School District will avoid significant annual maintenance costs and will increase safety for players, while also evening the playing field for our student athletes in competitive divisions,” district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said.

Covering all six fields is AstroTurf RootZone 3D3 Blend Decade, a performance turf system that combines slit film and monofilament fibers for optimum durability and visual appeal. It is highlighted by AstroTurf’s patented RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes infill and improves shock absorbency.

The RootZone 3D3 Blended Fiber system is 60 ounces of fiber and has a 10-year warranty backed by an annual AstroTurf maintenance plan. The Trionic fibers blend PE and nylon into an ultra-durable fiber that wears up to 50 percent better. This turf system will provide exceptional force reduction to reduce incidence of concussions and cleat interaction that better replicates well-maintained natural grass playing fields to reduce incidence of injuries to lower extremities.

While football games will first be played on the fields, they are all multi-purpose and will host lacrosse and soccer contests.

With six high schools in the district, creating a consistent look while allowing each school to express its unique character, was vital. While the process of designing and approving graphics packages may have been a bit more challenging with so many different stakeholders all having input, the results are spectacular looking fields that will stand out every bit as much as their performance. 

  • White, 6-foot borders around the fields.
  • Colored end zones, colored team areas and colored field borders.
  • In some cases, complex center field logos and end zone letters that, themselves include logos and borders.
  • Cherokee will be one of the first school systems in Georgia to adopt Unified Lacrosse Markings on their turf fields.
  • Subtle gray and Vegas gold soccer and lacrosse marking packages.

These fields raise the bar for performance, safety, playability, and durability of synthetic turf fields in Georgia, and do so at a price point that demonstrates how serious Cherokee County School District officials are about fiscal responsibility.

Sports Turf Company, Inc. is leading the charge on this multi-field project handling everything from start to finish with the school district.  Their twenty-six year history as a leader in athletic facility construction and renovation really stood out in Cherokee County’s decision making. Sports Turf Company counts four Certified Field Builders and two Certified Track Builders on staff. This certification by American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) means Sports Turf Company is among the most highly qualified specialty sports contractors in the Southeast U.S., expertise that was perfectly suited for the demands of the Cherokee schools projects.

About AstroTurf®
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.

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