SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San José State University Spartans softball team spent almost two years playing their home games away from home. Now, the softball team is back on campus and at home with the May 2018 opening of the Spartan Softball Field, which features a synthetic turf field by AstroTurf, the inventor of artificial turf and a well-known innovator in the industry.
The Spartan Softball Field represents a continuation of San José State’s partnership with AstroTurf. This is the second playing surface AstroTurf has completed at the Mountain West conference member school. The first was inside the 30,456-seat CEFCU Football Stadium.
Both fields were designed by California’s Sports Surfacing Design firm, Verde Design and AstroTurf partner/distributor Valley Precision Grading installed the surface.
As the softball team moves into the future, players will field balls and lace base hits on a synthetic field that plays like the real thing.
All of the outfield, the warning track and foul territory are covered in the RootZone Diamond Blend artificial grass. Decades of research and development, coupled with guidance from elite coaches and baseball lifers, have lifted the Diamond Series to the top of the market in college baseball and softball turfs. Each component of the field is specifically engineered to replicate the look, feel, and performance of a natural surface, including realistic ball bounce and accurate sliding distances. In other words, it plays like grass where it’s supposed to and like clay where it should.
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.
About San Jose State Athletics
San Jose State University sponsors 20 (seven men’s and 13 women’s) NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports programs for approximately 470 student-athletes annually. In football, the Spartans are a member of Division I’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the NCAA’s highest level of competition. The Spartans’ primary conference affiliation is with the Mountain West. San Jose State has 10 NCAA team championships and 52 NCAA individual titles. Sixty-two (62) Spartans competed in one or more Olympic Games. San Jose State athletes have won seven gold, six silver and seven bronze medals at the Olympics. Annually, about one-third of the student-athlete population earns either an institutional, conference or national recognition based on outstanding academic performance.