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Since 1965, the AstroTurf brand has been driven by forward thinking ingenuity. Today AstroTurf continuously improves its system design to deliver playing surfaces with the most realistic, sport-specific performance, longest lasting durability, and sound player protection.
University of Washington Husky Stadium – AstroTurf Installation Time-lapse
AstroTurf 3D3 RootZone system installation at Husky Stadium, the “Greatest Setting” in college football.
Welcome to the Second Half of the AstroTurf Century!
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AstroTurf’s RootZone is well-known in the industry as a leading synthetic turf product. RootZone athletic fields are more durable, safer to play on, and they offer unrivaled value.
But when you dig into the benefits, you’ll find that the technology and processes behind the RootZone solve decades-old problems in ways other synthetic turf manufacturers aren’t close to matching.
The RootZone is in a league of its own when it comes to value, safety, and durability. This distinction is why AstroTurf has installed over 180,000,000 square feet of RootZone athletic fields over the last decade.
Let’s take a look at why AstroTurf’s RootZone is so much more than just another good-quality playing surface.
What Is the RootZone?
The RootZone is a layer of texturized fiber that encapsulates the sand and rubber infill layer. By holding in the infill and minimizing migration, it provides more consistent footing, enhanced cleat release, and better resistance to wear.
AstroTurf invented the first RootZone product in 1998. Over the years, our engineers have perfected the texturizing process to ensure optimal fiber texture and form with every batch we produce.
How AstroTurf’s RootZone Is Different?
Unlike other turf manufacturers that may use a thatch-like product, RootZone utilizes a series of proprietary texturizing processes that account for every possible influencing factor: temperature, humidity, pressure, and time. No one else does this.
AstroTurf has also installed more square feet of RootZone playing surfaces than other manufacturers – there aren’t any other companies with the same level of experience working with a texturized layer.
Another differentiator is value. Because AstroTurf focuses on the fibers, you get a superior product without paying more.
Benefit #1: Better Value
Most competitors use a heavy infill to distinguish their turf system. Essentially, they’re using more rubber and sand.
These materials are cheap, so the manufacturer can create artificial turf for less.
High-quality monofilament polyethylene fibers are expensive. So is the nylon RootZone layer. Still, these are the materials AstroTurf uses more of in our systems. Other manufacturers use fewer polyethylene fibers, and most don’t even have a texturized layer of ultra-strong nylon.
As a result, an AstroTurf RootZone field will cost more to make than a heavy infill system. However, the cost to you is roughly the same. In fact, some manufacturers charge more for their cheaply made heavy infill systems.
Why pay a lot of money for an artificial turf system that doesn’t offer the same level of performance, safety, or longevity?
Benefit #2: Proven Safety Benefits
Testing by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) shows that wherever infill moves, there is a difference in GMAX, which is the measurement of impact. This is a big deal – if the GMAX is too high, your playing surface doesn’t have enough shock absorption to prevent concussion.
The RootZone is specifically designed to reduce the movement of infill. By keeping it in place, players can expect more predictable footing and more uniform shock absorption.
The RootZone’s stability-enhancing technology can also help reduce soft tissue tears, sprains, and other common injuries. An independently funded study by Michigan State found the AstroTurf’s RootZone significantly reduces torque to the knees and ankles, and it’s shown to rank next to the gold standard for stable footing and traction: natural grass fields.
Benefit #3: Better Longevity
Not only does the RootZone’s reduction in infill migration impact the experience athletes have on the field. It also influences how long your field will last.
When AstroTurf conducted a spin test using a 1’ x 1’ sample of the RootZone 3D turf and competitor’s turf, the results were astounding.
AstroTurf spun the samples on their axis for one minute.
- The RootZone 3D sample lost 19.3% of infill.
- The competition lost 75.4%.
This is why you’ll start to see black infill splash on an artificial turf. Within five years or so, the surface might also have dangerous holes and weak spots.
On the other hand, at the five to eight-year mark, AstroTurf still offers the same performance, stability, and aesthetics as it provided when it was first installed.
The bottom line is, you’re getting far more years of use with less need for maintenance.
The RootZone Is the Best Choice for Football, Soccer, Baseball, and Multipurpose Athletic Surfaces
Colleges and universities, high schools, sports facilities, and professional sports teams choose AstroTurf RootZone fields because they offer clear benefits. It’s the artificial turf system that keeps getting better and better. Learn more about our RootZone 3D Series.
Dalton, GA – The sports tourism industry is booming. More and more multi-field complexes are opening every year. These facilities are designed to be meccas for traveling teams. They aim to provide guests with everything they need for successful tournaments – hotels, shopping, restaurants – and of course, high quality athletic surfaces.
Building these large facilities and hosting community events, travel teams and tournaments demand a lot. The level of investment- whether private dollars, public dollars, or a blend – requires that every step of the process from concept to completion is executed efficiently. The solvency of the facility and the economic impact on the community depend upon thorough attention to every detail. Synthetic turf is practically a requirement for the long-term success of multifield complexes. Maintenance of natural grass surfaces at complexes with large footprints quickly becomes unfeasible, at least at a level that justifies the rental fees that keep these facilities in business.
The AstroTurf® “GO BIG” program has provided more than 250 fields for these mega sports complexes and has been center stage for thousands of events that have had tremendous economic impacts on their communities. One such shining example is the Panama City Beach Sports Complex in Panama City Beach, Florida who has credited much of their success to AstroTurf®.
“Aside from a superb end product, we’ve been impressed by how responsive the AstroTurf team has been,” said Jamie Cox, The General Manager of the Panama City Beach Complex. “From the feasibility study to the turf installation, expert guidance was there at every stage. We constantly receive positive feedback on our playing surfaces from athletes, coaches, and tournament directors.”
The PCB Complex estimates that some of their tournaments have had an economic impact of over $10 million for the community. Families that travel to these sports destinations contribute much to the local economy in the way of spending on food, gas, lodging, shopping, entertainment, and taking advantage of everything that the area has to offer.
“The Panama City Beach Complex’s success has everything to do with careful planning and finding a good partner in the process early on,” said Steve Coleman, AstroTurf VP of Design Build. “AstroTurf® has earned a reputation within the turf industry as a company that focuses on innovative technologies and sport-specific playability. We were able to recommend surfaces to PCB that balanced factors such as player protection, heat mitigation, superior aesthetics, and durability. Our ability to offer them everything from feasibility studies, to site analysis, to superior surface selections, to an expert installation provided them with a partner that was more than capable in getting their project across the finish line.”
As Covid restrictions are easing up, tournaments at these multifield complexes are now in full swing and the demand for sports destination tourism is going to be at an all-time high. AstroTurf® is currently working on “GO BIG” projects in multiple states that will positively affect the quality of life of many communities.
For athletes and sports enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, highly innovative, 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.
East Cleveland, OH – One field at a time, the Cleveland Browns are building back Ohio football. After a $7 million dollar renovation project launched in the spring, the new field at Shaw Stadium is officially ready for play. Funded by the Cleveland Browns and team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam as part of the Browns Give Back program, the new field will provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art playing surface for games, practices, and local events.
A world-class turf manufactured by the leaders in synthetic turf innovation, AstroTurf®, the new installation marks nearly a century of the field’s history and celebrates the start of a new era for East Cleveland athletics. At the dedication ceremony, Superintendent of the East Cleveland School District Dr. Henry Pettiegrew remarked, “We’re going to use this field to access our future. We will make you proud of this field, and we will have fun on this field.”
Built in 1923, Shaw Stadium has been a lodestone for the sport and the location of countless historic football moments at all levels of play – high school, collegiate, and pro. In its early days, it was the home field of the Cleveland Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams). Decades later, in the 1960s and 70s, the Cleveland Browns held practices at Shaw Stadium, as did the football teams for the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University).
The field has since served as the home turf for Shaw High School; however, the school hasn’t been able to host a home game there in years. Before the upgrade, the area was in poor condition with worn-down bleachers and a spotty grass field. Now, with a freshly installed AstroTurf system and a brand-new look, East Cleveland has a lot to look forward to.
The field is AstroTurf’s finest – the RootZone 3D3 Trionic Blend system. It features a texturized layer of fibers that hold down the infill, resulting in next-gen durability and stability. The orange Browns helmet logo is painted on the 20-yard line, and the Red Cardinals logo is painted at midfield.
As a high-quality synthetic field, Shaw Stadium is now much easier to maintain, which will ensure everyone from the high school football team to cheerleaders and soccer players always have access to a premium surface for training and competitions.
The new field is part of the Browns Give Back program, an initiative started by the NFL team and the Haslam family to support youth football in Ohio. Over the past five years, Browns Give Back has renovated a total of ten fields, including five in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, which were finished in 2016, John Adams High School and John Marshall High School in 2017, George Daniel Field and Roy C. Start High School in 2018, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio and Ellet High School in 2019, and now Shaw Stadium in 2021.
All except for the Roy C. Start High School project feature AstroTurf’s RootZone 3D3 Trionic Blend system.
While the renovation at the historic Shaw Stadium is an exciting milestone, Browns Give Back is far from done. The program is already planning the 11th field upgrade at Akron Archbishop Hoban.
For athletes and sports enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers state-of-the-art multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams, as well as municipal sports fields, continue to choose AstroTurf-branded products for their durability, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.