Jackson Academy Chooses TrueGrass

Sporturf™ dealer EnviroTurf installed a full size field of Sporturf TrueGrass at Jackson Academy. Jackson Academy is an independent college preparatory day school that resides in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi.

The school chose Sporturf™ and Enviroturf because of the need for a quality install and durable field that would withstand the play of the students.

Enviroturf was established in 2006 with a goal of providing superior products that are durable, cost efficient and aesthetically pleasing while maintaining a commitment to supplying the safest surface possible.

Jim Bateman of EnviroTurf has been in the synthetic turf business for the last 18 years.  Jim has used his experience as a financial adviser to add a unique fund-raising dimension to his company by helping schools and municipalities pursue grants, private-sector donations, and other joint-venture opportunities to assist their projects. These projects have ranged from multi million-dollar complexes to weight-room floors, but all are guided by an unwavering commitment to excellence.

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 Sporturf™ is located at booth 1919! Stop by and meet Matt Riggs, Business Director this week at the show.

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Why Should You Choose Synthetic Turf for Your Football Field

According to the Synthetic Turf Council, in the United States alone, there are over 5,500 synthetic turf fields in current use. Millions of students across the country have the opportunity to practice and play on a sports field that is functional rain or shine.

Synthetic Turf Pros

  • Lower maintenance costs. While we can’t say the initial cost will be cheaper, it will be in the hundreds of thousands, the upkeep is much less costly. Your typical natural turf sports field can use up to a million gallons water each year, with synthetic turf water is not needed. Add to it, that synthetic turf needs no mowing or trimming nor traditional grooming.
  • Chemical/pesticide-free. Dissimilar to natural grass, synthetic turf does not require pesticide treatment nor fertilizers.
  • Extended play. Synthetic turf fields are so much more durable than natural grass fields. Natural grass is more susceptible to weather, animals, wear and tear from players and a multitude of other components. With a synthetic field, you don’t have to worry about a flooding field or muddy play space.
  • ADA compliant. Many fields are required to be ADA compliant. With turf this is easier to accomplish that it could be with natural turf.
  • Logo Customization. Synthetic turf allows for logo customization that is durable and more vibrant than a painted field. The logos can’t be worn away.

Synthetic Turf Cons

  • It can and will be a costly investment and for some that may be a mitigating factor.
  • Temperature and heat. Synthetic turf can and will heat up in the sun but as technology continues improving the heat can be managed with infill and light water spray if needed.

Worldwide Turf Canada Installs Their First Project in Manitoba

Recently Sporturf™ dealer Worldwide Turf Canada installed their very first project in Manitoba. Steve Halbert and his team installed the project at the Gateway Recreation Centre in Winnipeg, MB. The center consists of two year-round indoor skating rinks, two outdoor hockey rinks, one indoor soccer pitch, four mini soccer fields, three regulation soccer fields, seven ball diamonds, and two outdoor asphalt hockey pens. The Gateway Centre is a true one-stop-shop for the ultimate sports fanatic.

When they decided to update their facility with synthetic turf, they knew that the only company for the job was Sporturf and Worldwide Turf Canada.

Gateway chose Sporturf™ FastGrass AT740 and installed 14,400 square feet of the padded/non-infill turf.

AT740 has all the advantages of previous turf generations and performs even higher in wear and resistance tests. The blend of nylon and polyethylene is an almost perfect 50/50 combination. This gives you the true ball roll of a traditional field, with the softness of the new generation rubber-filled turf. The fact that there is no rubber infill makes maintenance easier and cleaner. These systems can also be portable with added Velcro seams.

About Worldwide Turf Canada
Worldwide Turf Canada is a Canadian privately owned company, providing customers with complete end to-end service for all their synthetic turf needs. Key values of Worldwide Turf Canada are Quality, Service, and Expertise. These values enable us to deliver best in class quality products at very competitive prices, expertise to build and install, and the highest level of service to ensure ongoing maintenance and customer satisfaction. Worldwide Turf Canada is a member of the Synthetic Turf Council. Leveraging the expertise of our team WorldWide Turf Inc. collectively brings over 30 years of experience in the design, build and installation of athletic artificial sports fields across North America. To ensure delivery of your project on time, our resources include a complete construction crew in Canada, and a complete installation crew employed by WorldWide Turf Inc.

For more information, visit http://www.worldwideturfcanada.ca or call
705-792-9937; Email: worldwideturf@rogers.com

Sporturf™ and Hanley Wood University

Sporturf™ partnered with Haney Wood University to create a Continuing Education Unit in order to educate the design community about synthetic sports turf.

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Hanley Wood University leads the market in providing online learning for design and construction professionals. The company provides FREE Continuing Education courses for Architects, Builders, Designers, and more. Each course is created by leading industry content specialists, and are accredited by AIA, ASPE, GBCI, IDCEC, NAHB, NARI and NKBA.

Sporturf’s course information is below and can be found on the Hanley Wood website: http://www.hanleywooduniversity.com/course/5154

SPECIFYING THE IDEAL SYNTHETIC TURF FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS AND INDOOR APPLICATIONS

The goal of this learning unit is to provide architects, landscape architects and designers, contractors, building owners and property managers with the knowledge required to successfully select and specify for the use of artificial turf for use in sporting applications for any design project. It will provide an overview of today’s most sophisticated synthetic turf technologies and products, and case studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the evolution and benefits of synthetic turf and how systems work.
  • Identify the specifications of turf for outdoor sports.
  • Identify the specifications of turf for indoor applications.
  • Discuss how turf is tested and rated for strength and durability. Discuss case studies of synthetic turf in indoor and outdoor sports applications.

Hartfield Academy

Product: Fielder’s Choice/ TrueGrass

Location: Flowood, MS

Dealer: EnviroTurf

Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).

Hartfield needed a baseball field that was a strong as their values, a field that they could rely on, which is why they chose EnviroTurf and Sporturf™. Jim Bateman of EnviroTurf has been in the synthetic turf business for the last 18 years.  Jim has used his experience as a financial advisor to add a unique fund-raising dimension to his company by helping schools and municipalities pursue grants, private-sector donations, and other joint-venture opportunities to assist their projects. These projects have ranged from multimillion-dollar complexes to weight-room floors, but all are guided by an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Sporturf™ has products that span all levels of baseball from pro to the local little league field. We can provide custom logo work using our waterjet along with hitting mats and halos. The quality turf we manufacture utilizes the latest technology and safety features. Features like ball bounce, speed of the ball roll and even light reflection are all advancements that are addressed in our product designs.

Sporturf Continues to Progress with New Southwestern Regional Manager

Sporturf™ is updating its footprint on the west coast and making a conscious effort to gain market share.

Greg Holloway is originally from Texas but has resided in California for 22 years. He spent eight years in the Marines and decided to stay on the West Coast after an honorable discharge.

He has 17 years of landscape and irrigation experience and four years of synthetic turf experience. Greg’s landscape and turf experience allows Sporturf to better serve our West Coast clients and we look forward to his success. 

Greg will be responsible for indoor and outdoor field sales in the 14 western states growing not only the brand but the dealer network as well.  Business Director of Sporturf™ Matt Riggs stated, “We are thrilled to have Greg on the team and look forward to the impact he will have in the Southwest market.”

Sporturf™ Partnership with the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Kevin Barker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, is pleased to announce that Sporturf™, the leading manufacturer of synthetic turf, has elected to renew its partnership and position as the exclusive provider for synthetic turf surfaces for the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.


“Continuing to be part of such a fantastic attraction is something we take a lot of pride in. The last four years have been very exciting, and we are blessed to continue our partnership with the College Football Hall of Fame. All parties involved have worked very hard to make sure fans get to experience the best in the industry” explains Barker. “We are looking forward to the next 4 years with the College Football Hall of Fame as millions of fans get to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility.”

The state of the art Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame facility features historic and contemporary artifacts, interactive multimedia displays, children’s activities, a theater featuring an originally produced 4K ultrahigh-definition film on the history and excitement of college football, meeting facilities, and special event spaces. The Hall includes a 45-yard replica football field where the Sporturf™ product and updated logo is featured.

“When deciding on turf for the indoor playing field at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, we were immediately impressed with the quality of the Sporturf product and service, their ISO certification and longevity in the business. We were not only seeking a turf solution, but a long-term partnership,” said Kimberly Beaudin, VP of Sales and Marketing for the Hall of Fame. “Four years later, we are proud to renew that partnership for an additional 5 years. Along with all the initial benefits, the enhanced agreement includes a new feature, the “Turf Tough” play of the week and an expanded relationship with Hall of Famers.”

Sporturf™ Dealer WorldWide Turf Canada Maple Ridge Installs

Sporturf™ dealer Steve Halbert of WorldWide Turf Canada is currently working on installing two multi-purpose fields in the city of Maple Ridge, BC. The city of Maple Ridge was diligent in making sure that their choice for surface and installer for the fields was correct and going to work for them in the end.

Halbert’s company was established with complete end-to-end service in mind. They believe that the framework for success and excellence include the trifecta of quality, service and expertise. This allows them to deliver the best quality Sporturf™ products at a competitive price with the expertise to build and install custom fields with the highest level of service.

The first field they are working on is at Samuel Robertson Technical School, and installation has begun with an estimated completion of this fall.

The Samuel Robertson field size is 111,000 sq. foot (10,300/m2) and will house the following sports, Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, and Field Hockey.

The second install they are working on is at Golden Ears Elementary School with a completion date of the end of August.

The field size is 90,000sq foot field   (8400/m2) and will provide playing space for the following sports: Soccer, Lacrosse and Baseball.

The cost for both projects comes to about $1.27 million, and the turf will be multipurpose Duration 50 product. The Duration Series is constructed with technological advanced Monofilament fiber. This performance-based system delivers the best to both the athlete and owner. Engineered to meet all the testing requirements of FIFA. These FIFA requirements allow athletes and owners to be confident that performance is always there for them. Duration is available in two configurations that can qualify for FIFA certifications. Both have unique performance characteristics.

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Turf and the Different Types of Infill

Since turf was first invented, we have needed suitable infills for installs where the turf needs to stand up. There are different types of turf for every application and it only makes sense that there are multiple types of infill.

The following infills are recommended by the Synthetic Turf Council:

Crumb Rubber: Crumb Rubber is derived from scrap vehicle tires that are ground up and recycled. Two types of crumb rubber infill exist: Ambient and Cryogenic. Together these make up the most widely used infill in the synthetic sports field and landscape market. Crumb rubber infill is substantially metal free, and, according to the STC Guidelines for Crumb Rubber Infill, should not contain liberated fiber in an amount that exceeds .01% of the total weight of crumb rubber, or .6 lbs. per ton.

Coated Rubber Infill: Both ambient and cryogenic rubber can be coated with colorants, sealers, or anti-microbial substances if desired. Coated rubber provides additional aesthetic appeal, reduction of dust by products during the manufacturing process and complete encapsulation of the rubber particle.

EPDM Infill: EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a polymer elastomer with high resistance to abrasion and wear and will not change its solid form under high temperatures. Typical EPDM colors are green and tan. EPDM has proven its durability as an infill product in all types of climates. Its excellent elasticity properties and resistance to atmospheric and chemical agents provide a stable, high performance infill product.

Organic Infill: There are several organic infills available in the North American market, all utilizing different organic components, such as natural cork and/or ground fibers from the outside shell of the coconut. These products can be utilized in professional sports applications as well as for landscaping. At the end of its life cycle it can be recycled directly into the environment.

Sand (Silica) Infill: Pure silica sand is one of the original infilling materials utilized in synthetic turf. This product is a natural infill that is non-toxic, chemically stable and fracture resistant. Silica sand infills are typically tan, off-tan or white in color and – depending upon plant location – may be round or sub-round in particle shape. As a natural product there is no possibility of heavy metals, and the dust/turbidity rating is less than 100. It can be used in conjunction with many other infills on the market to provide a safe and more realistic playing surface. The round shape plays an integral part in the synthetic turf system. It is important that silica sand have a high purity (greater than 90%) to resist crushing and absorption of bacteria and other field contaminants. Silica sand can either be coated with different materials as a standalone product or can be used to firm up in combination with traditional crumb rubber infill systems.

Coated Silica Sand Infill: This class of infill consists of coated, high-purity silica sand with either a soft or rigid coating specifically engineered for synthetic turf. These coatings are either elastomeric or acrylic in nature (non-toxic) and form a bond with the sand grain sealing it from bacteria to provide superior performance and durability over the life of a field. Coated sand is available in various sizes to meet the application’s needs.

Depending on the amount and type of infill, coated sands can either be used with or without a pad and are available in various colors. All of the coatings are non-toxic and are bonded to the quartz grain for superior performance and durability over the life of your field. These materials are typically used as a homogenous infill which provides both ballast and shock absorbing qualities to a synthetic turf application.

TPE Infill: Thermo plastic elastomer (TPE) infill is non-toxic, heavy metal free, available in a variety of colors that resist fading, very long lasting, and 100% recyclable and reusable as infill when the field is replaced. TPE infill, when utilizing virgin-based resins, will offer consistent performance and excellent g-max over a wide temperature range.

For more information about the STC please visit their website https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org

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