VIRGINIA TECH BAND GETS HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

The first ever Marching Virginians Center will have a Shaw Sports Turf field.

The first-ever Marching Virginians Center will have a Shaw Sports Turf field.

 

(BLACKSBURG, Virginia) – The Marching Virginians will soon have their very own Shaw Sports Turf field to practice on. The new field is part of the new Marching Virginians Center on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Established in 1974, The Marching Virginians are known to Hokies everywhere as The Spirit of Tech.  The band has formerly practiced on a shared natural grass field inside the track. For the first time in Virginia Tech history, the band will have its very own home.

The new field will feature synthetic turf that will sustain regardless of weather conditions and high traffic use. It will also give the band more bounce and resilience when marching.   [Read more…]

SHAW SPORTS TURF EARNS HONOR TO INSTALL FIELD AT AGGIE STADIUM

UC Davis Athletics selects Shaw Sports Turf.

UC Davis Athletics selects Shaw Sports Turf.

(DAVIS, California)UC Davis has selected Shaw Sports Turf to install a new synthetic turf field in Aggie Stadium.

When the time came to replace the previous synthetic turf field, Shaw Sports Turf inevitably won the vote. The hard work, dedication, timeliness, and respect from Shaw Sports Turf are all main factors contributing to this decision.

Synthetic turf was installed eight years ago in the stadium because natural grass couldn’t withstand the continuous traffic and play on the field. Now UC Davis will have a field with the longevity and durability to withstand all of the use. The new Shaw Sports Turf field will provide state-of-the-art aesthetics and performance.

Aggie Stadium hosts mainly football and lacrosse practices and games, as well as the performances by the marching band. The new field will offer better performance for any event held in the stadium.

Aggie football joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012. The Shaw Sports Turf field will allow the football program to be even more competitive in the Big Sky Conference. [Read more…]

SHAW SPORTS TURF COVERS EVERY FIELD AT QUINCY UNIVERSITY

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Quincy University is proud of their Shaw Sports Turf fields.

Quincy University is proud of their Shaw Sports Turf fields.

(QUINCY, Illinois) – After the recent completion of the football field, Quincy University now has three different Shaw Sports Turf products installed on three different fields within two years.

In 2014, the university began its $4 million project to re-model the baseball and football stadiums, after the soccer stadium had already been successfully completed. Quincy University is now covered with Shaw Sports Turf fields.

Prior to the project, the university athletics practiced on natural grass fields and would play games on local high school synthetic turf fields on Saturdays. [Read more…]

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT PICKS HONED SKILLS ON SHAW SPORTS TURF

(EMERSON, Georgia) – The first day of the Major League Baseball draft ended with 75 picks.  Among the first 11 picks in the first round were five standout players who have played in tournaments on Shaw Sports Turf at the Perfect Game fields at LakePoint Sporting Community. [Read more…]

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY TO INSTALL NEW SHAW SPORTS TURF FIELD

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(CLEMSON, South Carolina) – Clemson University is about to begin work on an all new Shaw Sports Turf field for the Campus Recreation department.

The University’s Outdoor Fitness & Wellness Center will be the site for the new field.  Construction is expected to begin the next couple of weeks and will be completed later this summer.

Clemson has over 6,000 students who participate in the school’s intramural programs and the school hosts 36 club teams. In the past, the school has had wait lists for students seeking to use facilities such as fields. The addition of the Shaw Sports Turf field will allow additional programming hours and will help reduce wait lists. [Read more…]

GTR INSTALLS SHAW SPORTS TURF AND HYDROCHILL AT COMMONWEALTH STADIUM

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(EDMONTON, Alberta) – GTR Turf and Shaw Sports Turf have completed installation of an all new synthetic turf field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

GTR Turf of Saint-Colomban, Quebec, was selected to complete the field installation at Commonwealth Stadium.  Shaw Sports Turf of Dalton, Georgia is the manufacturer of the product.

“This is a great honor for GTR Turf,” said Luc Rochon, President & CEO of GTR Turf.  “To have been selected to provide the field for such a prestigious stadium says a great deal about the quality of our work.”

GTR Turf was selected in a competitive bid process and by the recommendation of the architect, JSA Sport Architecture of British Colombia, and Canada Soccer.

Along with Commonwealth Stadium, GTR Turf have also installed surfaces at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton, New Brunswick; Winnipeg Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Henry Singer Sports Centre in Edmonton, Alberta as part of the overall project.  All surfaces will meet the FIFA Recommended 2 Star requirements for football (soccer) turf.

The group making the decision also spent time at GTR Turf’s installation at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam, British Columbia.  This field played a significant role in the decision to use GTR Turf and Shaw Sports Turf at Commonwealth Stadium.

Commonwealth Stadium, the focal point of the project, is the host stadium for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.  This summer, the stadium will host 11 matches during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, including Canada’s first two matches, the semi-final match on Canada Day, and the match for third place on July 4.

The Shaw Sports Turf system used for the installation is the PowerBlade Elite 2.5 system.  PowerBlade Elite is made with an advanced HP+ monofilament fiber and is the next generation in engineered performance. The system is designed around performance criteria that measures both athlete-surface and ball-surface interactions.

PowerBlade Elite delivers a quality turf system with the best combination of durability, playability and safety.  PowerBlade Elite is an engineered system specifically built to meet the stringent laboratory and field tests of FIFA.  The FIFA Quality Programme ensures that the Shaw Sports Turf field delivers the maximum level of performance and quality to athletes.

The field at Edmonton will also feature Shaw Sports Turf’s innovative HydroChill product.  When athletes sweat, evaporative cooling takes place when evaporation of moisture from the skin’s surface has a cooling effect.  HydroChill works on the same principle.  As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the turf is released, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface for athletes.

The technology is applied to a field where components react and form a coating on the infill.  The field is watered to activate HydroChill and then energy from sunlight drives out water, removing heat from the surface.  The cooling effect of HydroChill after watering can last two to three days.  Watering alone can result in some short-term cooling, but a flash-effect means temperatures can rise and quickly exceed uncomfortable levels of heat.  HydroChill creates a substantial and sustained temperature difference.

HydroChill provides maximum benefit when the sun is nearest the Earth.  During the summer months the sun is positioned overhead, causing surfaces to absorb more energy, resulting in hotter temperatures.  Temperature differences of 50 degrees have been seen on an outdoor field.  Studies have shown that temperature differences of over 30 degrees provide a noticeable increase in the comfort level of athletes.

The research behind HydroChill was extensive and was conducted for three years, both in laboratory tests and in real-world field applications currently in use by athletes.  Shaw Sports Turf’s testing facilities include an entire lab dedicated to the study of heat on turf.  It houses a custom-built solar simulator with a watering mechanism that simulates rainfall so testing can be conducted on a year-round basis.  Tests on a variety of outdoor surfaces were conducted with thermocouples, an Infrared thermometer and by a certified thermographer with a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera.

“This field is used for elite teams and events,” said Chuck McClurg, Vice President of Shaw Sports Turf.  “We believe the quality of the field must meet the level of play and that makes our PowerBlade Elite system the perfect match.”

Shaw Sports Turf has also donated a mini-pitch, which will be used outside the stadium for special events.  In July, the pitch will be donated to the City of Edmonton.

By:  Todd Britton

VIRGINIA TECH PARTNERS WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF FOR NEW INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY

The Shaw Sports Turf field is installed in the new Virginia Tech indoor practice facility.

The Shaw Sports Turf field is installed in the new Virginia Tech indoor practice facility.

 (BLACKSBURG, Virginia) – Virginia Tech has completed installation of a new Shaw Sports Turf field at its indoor practice facility, which ranks as one of the largest such venues in the nation.

The facility, which is near completion, was started in June of 2014 by W.M. Jordan Company. [Read more…]

LIMESTONE COLLEGE WINS NCAA LACROSSE TITLE WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF

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(PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania) – The Limestone College men’s lacrosse team, which plays on Shaw Sports Turf, won the NCAA Championship in lacrosse on Sunday in Philadelphia.

This Saints made their ninth trip to the National championship game to defeat LeMoyne College 9-6.  It was their second consecutive title and fourth overall. [Read more…]

BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT EXTENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH SHAW SPORTS TURF

The old field at Art Crate Stadium will soon make way for a new Shaw Sports Turf playing surface.

The old field at Art Crate Stadium will soon make way for a new Shaw Sports Turf playing surface.

(SPANAWAY, Washington) – The Art Crate Stadium in the Bethel School District is about to replace their well-kept 11 year old turf field with a new Shaw Sports Turf field.

In 2004 the Bethel School District installed a Shaw Sports Turf field for the schools and other groups in the community. The county and state funded the first field in 2004, but the district has set aside money each year since 2004 in order to purchase the replacement field when needed. [Read more…]

NATION’S TOP HS SOCCER TEAM GETS HELP FROM SHAW SPORTS TURF

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(DALTON, Georgia) – On Friday, the Dalton High School Catamounts soccer team won their third consecutive Georgia state title with a little help from Shaw Sports Turf.

The team, which is the nation’s top-ranked high school team by MaxPreps and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, has amassed a record of 64-0-1 over the past three years.  They have outscored their opponents 367-31 during that period, with 41 shutouts.

This year, the Cats were 20-0 and outscored their five postseason opponents 32-0.

That amazing record came with a lot of talent and a lot of hard work on the practice field.

“I can’t imagine soccer season without a turf field,” said Matt Cheaves, Head Coach.  “Our Shaw Sports Turf field has made a huge difference.”

While the Catamounts play their home games on a city-owned grass field, they practice at the high school, which has a synthetic turf field.

The team frequently plays teams that play on synthetic turf, so it helps to practice on turf.

“I like practicing on the Shaw Sports Turf field and I even like the football lines on the field,” said Cheaves.  “It helps us set up distances and spaces.  Turf is faster and truer, so as it relates to player skills, turf tells the truth.”

Cheaves also said the team utilizes the field for practice as a result of inclement weather.

“With all the rain and snow we had earlier this year, we would have had a hard time getting our season going if it weren’t for the field,” said Cheaves.

The field features Shaw Sports Turf’s PowerBlade Bolt system.  Bolt is a stronger, more resilient monofilament fiber, featuring a lightning bolt shape which creates a stronger vertical axis that causes fibers to stand upright for less breakdown and increased durability.  Bolt is specifically built for performance and to reflect light for a lower luster and more natural looking field.

“Our PowerBlade Bolt system is the perfect match for the speed and amazing skill of the Dalton High soccer team,” said Jim Watts, Territory Manager with Shaw Sports Turf.  “We are proud that it has proven to be such a great resource for such a great team.”

The Catamounts lose six seniors who haven’t lost a game in three years.  However, it’s been said that the Dalton JV team may very well be the second best team in the nation.  So, with a lot of practice and dedication on the school’s Shaw Sports Turf field, look for a fourth consecutive state championship in 2016.

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By:  Todd Britton