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Welcome to the Second Half of the AstroTurf Century!
West Lafayette, Indiana – Purdue University has chosen the inventor and leading innovator of artificial turf for their football practice field at the Bimel Outdoor Practice Complex, providing the players with a world-class athletic turf for the 2021 training season....
Chicago Fire FC today announced that the Club has entered a multi-year partnership with AstroTurf, a leader in synthetic turf. AstroTurf becomes the Official Synthetic Turf Field Building Partner and the preferred vendor for all future synthetic turf projects.
“AstroTurf’s innovative products and top of the line resources provide the performance and quality that is needed for our Academy and Juniors to train on the best surface available,” said Chicago Fire FC Senior Vice President of Community Programs, Engagement and Facilities Paul Cadwell. “In Chicago, the CIBC Fire Pitch is an important facility for both youth and adult soccer, and by improving the field we are able to enhance the overall experience for players of all ages.”
AstroTurf has begun installing a new surface at the CIBC Fire Pitch that features cutting edge LigaTurf System. AstroTurf is home to the most innovative soccer systems in the world. The LigaTurf series from AstroTurf is the result of their collaboration with worldwide partners in the soccer industry. The LigaTurf RootZone 3D360 Blend provides grass-like traction with reduced torque to lower extremities. It features the RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes the infill. The turf has a 60-ounce face weight, meaning it has very dense stitching. This system sits on a Brock pad for maximum shock absorbency. All of these factors combine to make a synthetic turf system that is stronger, safer, better, and more resilient.
“We are excited about two iconic names like AstroTurf and Chicago Fire coming together for this partnership,” said Carl Capellas, AstroTurf National Manager of Soccer. “We really wanted to partner with the Fire because we share in the desire of raising the standard of soccer turf in America. Our LigaTurf line consistently provides the highest standard of performance in the industry and is the choice of the elite in the world of soccer including Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and FIFA world headquarters.”
In addition to the new field installation at the CIBC Fire Pitch, the partnership incorporates facility signage as a Cornerstone Partner at the CIBC Fire Pitch and supporting partnership of the Chicago Fire Juniors and Chicago Fire Youth Invitational.
About Chicago Fire Football Club:
The Chicago Fire Football Club was founded in 1997 on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and will kick off its 24th season in Major League Soccer in 2021. The Fire have won six major domestic championship titles, including the 1998 MLS Cup, the 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups, as well as the 2003 Supporters’ Shield. The Club’s charitable arm, the Chicago Fire Foundation, was recognized as ESPN’s 2019 Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. The Fire plays their home matches at historic Soldier Field. For more information, visit chicagofirefc.com.
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 select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at astroturf.com.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – AstroTurf®, the inventor and leading innovator of artificial turf is pleased to announce a new partnership with El Espartano. The company, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will manufacture and sell AstroTurf® systems in certain regions of South America.
“We are tremendously excited to roll out this new partnership with El Espartano,” said Jason Berning, AstroTurf International Sales General Manager. “We are very particular about who we partner with, and El Espartano displays the same commitment to product quality and customer service as AstroTurf® customers have come to expect over the last several decades.”
Founded more than 80 years ago, El Espartano is an Argentine-owned company dedicated to the design, development, manufacture, and commercialization of flooring. The company has been one of the leading players, both in Argentina and in South America, in the production of rugs, carpets and synthetic turf: it is renowned for its quality and product innovation. With a presence in Buenos Aires and Brazil, El Espartano has 2 production plants (18.000 m2) and more than 150 employees, and the company aims to further develop its international presence through enhancing its potential in new and emerging markets.
The company´s sports division produces a wide range of artificial turf for different sports that can be adapted to the specific needs of each client. The division can provide technical and commercial consulting focused on the following major sports: soccer, field hockey, tennis, rugby, paddle tennis, and athletics. It can also provide guidance on the use of synthetic grass in residential spaces.
A growing number of institutions, sports clubs, schools, municipalities, and private developers trust El Espartano when it comes to installing their surfaces. Its most important projects in Argentina include the athletic tracks at St. John’s School in Pilar, the Municipal Park of Lomas de Zamora, and the synthetic grass field of the Olivos Rugby Club.
As well as the highly valued recognition of its clients, the company holds international certificates that guarantee the quality of its rugs, carpets, and synthetic grass. In terms of its products for sports, the company has been granted ISO 9001 certification for the “Design, Development, Manufacture and Sale of Carpets and Synthetic Turf”. Furthermore, it is one of only 15 certified manufacturers of synthetic grass that is recognized by the International Hockey Federation, while the Olivos Rugby Club installation has been certified by the World Rugby governing body.
The Group is a leader in the research of new production models for sustainable development. Such commitment leads to the regular renewal of processes and products, thanks to the continuous investments in capital and knowledge that will secure the future of company growth and of future generations. The cornerstones of the company include its careful selection of raw materials, the inventiveness of the professionals that make up its creative division, and its constant technological innovation.
As one of the most recognizable brands in the sports world, AstroTurf® continues to set the bar high for product performance, customer satisfaction, and service after the sale. AstroTurf® is a part of Sport Group, the global leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks. Sport Group owns manufacturing facilities across the globe and operates in 70 countries. It has supplied more than 7,500 artificial turf surfaces and 16,000 athletic tracks globally.
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
Lake Charles, Louisiana – In record time, McNeese State University installed premium AstroTurf® Rhino Blend 46 synthetic sports turf on the field at Cowboy Stadium after two devastating hurricanes in 43 days and the global pandemic put a halt to the 2020 football season.
On August 27, 2020, the deadly Category 4 Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana, the strongest storm to hit the state since 1856 with sustained winds as high as 150 mph and gusts reaching 180 mph. Much of the city of Lake Charles and McNeese State University was damaged or destroyed. Nearly a million people in the Gulf Coast region lost electricity and more than 1.5 million residents were ordered to evacuate.
McNeese’s campus suffered an estimated $200 million in damage. The violent winds ravaged Cowboy Stadium’s press box, snapping four light poles and shattering glass onto Louis Bonnette Field.
Six weeks later, on October 9th, Hurricane Delta slammed into the same area, causing more destruction. The football field was underwater twice in less than two months. Keeping the previous turf was not an option.
TJ Marcum, a regional sales manager for AstroTurf, had spent five seasons as an assistant coach at McNeese State and had a special interest in the project. “It really hit home for me,” Marcum said. “The first hurricane devastated the area. They were starting to get things cleaned up when the second one came through and caused even worse damage. In October it looked like a war zone.”
AstroTurf came on board at a time when production usually slowed for the holidays, but the Cowboys were without facilities to train for the opening of the 2021 spring season and needed their home. The legendary AstroTurf quality control protocols and industry-leading R&D efforts made the Rhino Series a good choice for a team that wanted to increase the playing time and performance of their sports field. As the stadium whipped into shape, the team stayed in local hotels and trained at a local high school.
“AstroTurf was such a blessing,” said Tanner Stines, Senior Associated Athletic Director. “From the time the contractor and TJ Marcum got together, from the art layout, picking the colors, to the installation, it was second to none.”
The “never say die” Cowboy spirit drove the entire project to completion. Cowboy Stadium, with a 17,410 capacity, plays a vital role in the community. By the second week of January 2021, the Cowboys were back in their own facilities with new AstroTurf under their feet. “We were able to get the turf done – our guys were ready to go and the field just looks great,” said TJ Marcum. “It was a great process.”
With head coach Frank Wilson at the helm and AstroTurf on the field, the Cowboys overcame every obstacle in their way – a global pandemic, two major hurricanes, and a team without a home or facilities for five and a half months. The Division I Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse consistently leads the Southland Conference in attendance. They hold the league record with 16 FCS playoff appearances and are on an FCS-record streak of 15 consecutive winning seasons.
“The two hurricanes really hit us on the chin,” said Tanner Stines. “Considering the shape the site was in, we couldn’t be more pleased with AstroTurf. Win or lose, having the team play and the fans come out with that gameday excitement has been such a boost to our community.”
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.