EMERSON, Georgia - LakePoint Sporting Community, the world’s largest sports vacation destination, has chosen Shaw Sports Turf as the provider of its first 11 playing fields. Shaw Sports Turf is engineered for performance and safety specifically to meet the needs of athletes and sports programs.
The initial seven fields are scheduled for completion in June 2014 and the remaining four will be completed later this year. Each field will be uniquely engineered to serve a number of different sports. Three of the fields will serve soccer and lacrosse, featuring Shaw Sports Turf’s Legion and PowerBlade systems on a shock pad. The other eight are baseball fields utilizing the TruHop system designed by Shaw’s R&D team, in conjunction with former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz.
The Shaw Sports PowerBlade systems are specially designed to meet the stringent standards of FIFA, and the Legion turf systems cater to the performance and durability needs of multi-use fields. The TruHop turf system can be tailored to fit each performance area of a baseball field, including the infield, outfield, warning track, base path and foul lines.
“Our mission is to manufacture world-class athletic fields,” said Shaw Sports Turf Territory Manager Jim Watts. “The LakePoint campus will be the nation’s largest sports vacation destination and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase our fields in a facility that will be second-to-none.”
The use of synthetic turf will also prevent down time from inclement weather and can withstand up to 3,000 hours of play per year, versus 1,000 hours per year for grass fields.
When completed, LakePoint Sporting Community will be the largest synthetic turf installation in the world, spanning more than 1,200+ acres to provide state-of-the-art venues for more than 40 different sports.
“We are excited to be working with Shaw Sports Turf, a world-class manufacturer of synthetic turf fields,” said LakePoint Sporting Community Development Partner Judy Sparks. “We chose Shaw Sports Turf for our initial fields because we are impressed with the advanced technology used in their product and we are committed to supporting locally-based businesses when possible.”
LakePoint has brought together the best tournament operators and organizations as partners and long-term tenants, including Perfect Game USA, North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA), LB3 Lacrosse, Terminus Wakeboard, Rally Volleyball and Greg Norman Golf Academy.
About LakePoint Sporting Community
Bartow County and the City of Emerson will become the unparalleled sports destination in the world with the development of LakePoint Sporting Community. The development will include 1,200+ acres of sports venues, commercial, retail, and entertainment options. To learn more about LakePoint Sporting Community, please visit www.lakepointsports.com
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About Shaw Sports Turf
A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,500 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit www.shawsportsturf.com
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