UBU Sports Selected as Official Turf Provider for Hall of Fame Village | Athletic Business

UBU Sports Selected as Official Turf Provider for Hall of Fame Village

Source: UBU Sports

UBU Sports Installing Surfaces at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium; National Football & Youth Sports Complex

CANTON, OH – UBU Sports, the official turf provider for Hall of Fame Village, is putting the finishing touches on the installation of three high performance fields for this summer. In all, UBU Sports will provide the playing surfaces for 11 fields as part of the Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $500 million development of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus.

UBU Sports is currently installing the UBU-Speed Series-S5-M surface in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and two fields as part of the National Football & Youth Sports Complex. The surfaces will be completed by mid-June.

“UBU Sports is honored to be associated with the Hall of Fame,” UBU Sports CEO & Owner Mark Nicholls stated. “The Hall of Fame is dedicated to player safety and preserving the legacy of the game, two important initiatives that UBU Sports is passionate about.”

The company currently has fields in stadiums or practice facilities of 14 NFL teams. Known for the highest overall surface quality, UBU Sports surfaces feature superior fiber technology that maximize player safety and enhance athlete performance as they compete on the fields.

UBU Sports will provide a total of 11 playing fields in HOF Village by 2018. They include Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and eight playing surfaces for the National Youth & Sports Complex. Two other fields, one indoor and one outdoors, will be part of Performance Center, a key component to The Center for EXCELLENCE that is slated to be completed in May 2018.

“The Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Village are honored to partner with UBU Sports for all turf at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, the Hall of Fame National Football & Youth Sports Complex and the Hall of Fame Performance Center. After reviewing five nationally respected providers of synthetic turf, we selected UBU Sports for having the highest quality and safest product," Hall of Fame President David Baker shared.

All of the fields at Hall of Fame Village will be NFL grade surfaces. The surface for Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is the relocated field from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

“It matters what athletes play on, and not all surfaces are created equal. I respect the performance analysis process that the Hall of Fame went through,” Nicholls continued. “The Hall of Fame representatives placed a premium on selecting the surface that would enhance player performance and maximize player safety. They never wavered from their focus, and in demonstrating their dedication to excellence, I immediately knew these are the type of leaders we want to be partners with.”

Hall of Fame Village is one of UBU’s largest projects.

ABOUT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission is to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.

Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience the exciting museum that chronicles America’s most popular sport. Millions more are reached through the Hall of Fame’s 100-plus special events held annually outside Canton and through the multiple nationally broadcast programs focused on the selection of the newest Class of Enshrinees – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel – and the Enshrinement Weekend (Aug. 4-7, 2016). Now in its fourth year of traveling, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a largescale traveling exhibition that presents a panoramic view of pro football’s story and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Hall’s expansive collection. Gridiron Glory will be showcased at Virginia Historical Society from May 28-Sept. 4, 2016. From there it will travel to the Minnesota History Center Museum in Minneapolis/St. Paul; and for threemonth stays at various museums and cultural institutions around the country through 2019. Enshrinees from the Class of 2016 along with numerous other Hall of Fame members will receive the spectacular Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence by Kay® Jewelers during ceremonies held in NFL stadiums during the 2016 NFL regular season. The Hometown Hall of Famer™ program presented by Ford honors Hall of Fame heroes with a program and permanent plaque to honor the Hall of Famer’s hometown support. Now in its 4th year, the US Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence honored 20 high school students nationally for excellence in community service, academics and athletics. Construction on HOF Village, a $476 million development project, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.

For more information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit ProFootballHOF.com; @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


UBU Sports is a leading brand of synthetic turf surfaces for use in a variety of sporting events, including football, baseball, field hockey, soccer, rugby and lacrosse. UBU Sports’ fields serve as ground gear for teams ranging from professional franchises (Denver Broncos, New York Giants, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills), collegiate and major indoor arena leagues to local high schools and municipalities. UBU Sports incorporates superior science and industry leading technology into each surface they provide, creating the ultimate ground gear for athletes. Visit www.ubusports.com


Hall of Fame Village, LLC is a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group to develop Hall of Fame Village, a $500 million mixed-use development in a 300-acre Tourism and Development District.

The not-for-profit Pro Football Hall of Fame is a shrine to the game of football, the National Football League and an accredited Museum, Library and Archival Research Center. It is a majestic diamond at the heart of Hall of Fame Village. Other components of the project include Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium for sports & entertainment, a Civic and Convention Center, The Center for EXCELLENCE (for the training of performance athletes, a Coaches University, an Institute for the Integrity of Officials and an Academy of Corporate Excellence), a 1,400-seat Symphony Hall, a football themed, Four-Star Hotel & Conference Center as well as retail, restaurant, office and residential support. There will also be a place for fans to enjoy a permanent location for the HOF/NFL Experience. Legends Landing, a senior care facility for retired Hall of Famers and members of the NFL’s Legends Community along with coaches, officials and administrators will also be a part of Hall of Fame Village.

LIVE CONSTRUCTION CAM OF HALL OF FAME VILLAGE www.profootballhof.com/tom-benson-hall-of-fame-stadium-construction-cam/

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