RECENT ARTICLES
  • An Overview of Advancements in Synthetic Turf

    by AB Staff April 2017

    The turf revolution started at the Houston Astrodome in 1966 with Major League Baseball's first synthetic turf field. The original AstroTurf — developed when glare reduction became more important than the ability to grow natural grass within the dome — did for the athletics industry what the original Apple I did for the computer industry, and it's now just as outdated as an original Apple I.

  • The Future Is Now for Turf Fields (Sponsored)

    by Josh Palubicki April 2017

    This sponsored content was provided by Brock. What is sponsored content?

    The NFL ran a series of short commercials this past season highlighting advancements in technology, treatment and training techniques in football. The “Future of Football” campaign acknowledged that shock pads play a crucial role in reducing risks of concussions and other injuries for athletes playing on artificial turf fields, but they were mistaken by using the future tense. Shock pads have been protecting athletes for over a decade and recently have become a key element in the majority of new-build field specifications, according to historical bid data. 

  • European Report: No Need for Crumb Rubber Concerns

    by Jason Scott March 2017

    A report published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Tuesday indicated that there is little cause for concern regarding exposure to chemicals as a result of contact with synthetic turf surfaces and recycled crumb rubber infill.

  • Maintaining Quality Athletic Fields on Any Budget

    by Emily Attwood January 2017

    It's a common theme across the country: youth sports organizations want more fields or more field time. Most don't have the funding to buy land and build their own fields, and municipal parks and recreation departments often have space but can't afford the cost of building or maintaining fields in the long run.

  • Washington DOH Finds No Link Between Turf and Cancer

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    The Washington State Department of Health has released the results of an investigation wherein it examined the relationship between playing soccer on synthetic turf and the early development of cancer. The DOH partnered with researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health to investigate a list, compiled by the UW women’s assistant head soccer coach, of 53 Washington residents who both played soccer and developed cancer between the mid- ‘90s and the year 2016.

  • CEO Defends FieldTurf Amid Reports of Product Failures

    by Jason Scott January 2017

    FieldTurf CEO Eric Daliere responded to recent negative coverage his company has received in an op-ed published by the New Jersey Star-Ledger last month.

  • Turf Industry Asks EPA for Final Decision

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    In response to a status report released on Dec. 30 by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding progress made on the Federal Research Action Plan on artificial turf, the Safe Fields Alliance (SFA) and the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) made a joint statement on Tuesday urging the EPA to present their full findings as soon as possible.

  • New High School Track Deemed Unsalvageable

    by Jason Scott December 2016

    The track at Plainville (Conn.) High School will need to be replaced after less than a year of use. The track, which was installed in early spring, has been deemed unsalvageable after a bubbling problem in the track’s synthetic turf material.

  • N.J. Schools File Fraud Suit Against Top Turf Company

    by Jason Scott December 2016

    A class-action lawsuit filed by the Newark, N.J., school system alleges that the country’s leading manufacturer of synthetic turf fields defrauded it and hundreds of other schools and municipalities across the state.

  • Blog: Approvals, Design and Construction of a Rec Field Project

    by John Horn December 2016

    You’ve got approval to do a major field project, now what?

    The joy of receiving approval to do a major project on our campus quickly turned to tribulation when we learned of the necessary procedural steps to deliver this project to students. As much as we wanted to complete design and stick shovels in the ground, getting to that point involves an enormous commitment of time, people and approvals. In previous blog entries, we focused on goals within the project, but this entry will focus on process and steps taken before finally breaking ground, as well as updating you on our current progress towards substantial completion.