University Of Minnesota Selects Fieldturf For Gibson-Nagurski Complex

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New Um Field Will Complement Fieldturf At Tcf Bank Stadium

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The replacement of the turf in the indoor facility was a must for our football team

The University of Minnesota has selected FieldTurf for the Gophers’ Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. The new surface will be the same FieldTurf system that the UM plays on during its home games at TCF Bank Stadium. FieldTurf was installed at the Gophers’ sparkling new stadium in June of 2009, and was in place when Minnesota’s football team debuted there last fall.

The new FieldTurf surface at the Gibson-Nagurski complex replaces an AstroPlay field. It will, of course, be available to the Gophers when they report for the opening of practice in August.

“The replacement of the turf in the indoor facility was a must for our football team,” said Minnesota Head Coach Tim Brewster. “It was worn and the new surface is exactly like what’s in TCF Bank Stadium. It’s a first-class upgrade for our football program. It will certainly help our players and coaches as far as our preparations are concerned.”

“FieldTurf has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Minnesota Gopher athletics, and we are very proud of that,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “We will continue to work hard on all fronts to provide Gopher football with a playing surface that is far-and-away the best and safest in the industry. And we’re delighted in the confidence that has continued to be shown to us by (Director of Athletics) Joel Maturi and by Coach Brewster.”

The Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex opened in 1985, and was named in honor of Gopher greats George Gibson and Bronko Nagurski. The complex is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the UM administrative offices, team meeting rooms, equipment room, training room and the players’ lounge. It also includes a 12,000 square-foot multi-level weight training facility along with medical/training facilities. In addition, UM’s Hall of Fame, which honors the tradition of Gopher football, is also housed in the Gibson-Nagurski Complex.

FieldTurf dominates both the NCAA and NFL. The list of major universities who play their home games on FieldTurf include Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, West Virginia, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Iowa, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Louisville. Twenty-one of the NFL's 32 teams have chosen FieldTurf in their stadiums and/or practice facilities.

FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regards to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 4000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.

FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment ‘Environmental Intelligence’ and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.

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