Foxborough, MA (Vocus) July 29, 2010
Gillette Stadium's FieldTurf Duraspine PRO surface has now earned FIFA 2-Star recommended status. This marks the only FIFA 2-Star certified field in the United States.
Home to Major League Soccer's New England Revolution for soccer matches and the New England Patriots for football, Gillette Stadium has proven to be the ideal multi-purpose venue with a field that has been designed specifically to mirror the playing characteristics of professional soccer, in addition to football.
The FIFA Recommended 2-Star designation is the highest synthetic turf rating from FIFA and is issued after a battery of tests are performed by a FIFA approved testing agent. FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions have the FIFA Recommended 2-Star in their respective competition regulations.
"This FIFA 2-Star certification is great for our venue but not surprising as we always knew that our FieldTurf surface would meet and exceed soccer’s highest standard," said Jim Nolan, Senior Vice-President of Operations for Gillette Stadium. “Duraspine PRO is truly the ideal surface for top level football and soccer events. Having a field that is certified to host the highest level of soccer matches speaks volumes about the quality of surfaces that FieldTurf continues to provide us with."
"FieldTurf has long been at the forefront of developing the world's finest artificial turf for soccer and for all sports," said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. "We are happy that Gillette Stadium's FieldTurf surface has passed FIFA's rigorous testing procedures. Our turf is designed to outperform the most stringent of testing and provides excellent footing and ball-roll characteristics that are ideal for professional soccer players. FieldTurf has proven to be the safest surface for a wide variety of sports in the world today."
In addition to being the home of the New England Patriots (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS), Gillette hosts a variety of other special events, including concerts and NCAA championships.
FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard 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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