Three More Shaw Sportexe Fields Awarded FIFA 2-STAR Status

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Exclusive Shaw Sportexe partner, GTR Turf, installs three more FIFA Awarded fields in Canada.

Recently, FIFA awarded its highest status, a 2 Star recommendation, to three Shaw Sportexe fields located in Canada.    Now among an elite twenty-one fields in Canada to receive 2 Star, the three Shaw Sportexe fields include John Abbott College located in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec and Lakeshore Drive Outdoor Sports Complex Fields 1 &2 located in North Bay, Ontario.

The FIFA RECOMMENDED mark is only awarded to artificial turf pitches which have passed a series of stringent laboratory and field tests. FIFA RECOMMENDED artificial turf pitches guarantee sports surfaces of the highest quality.

The FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 Star for artificial turf is designed specifically to mirror the playing characteristics of professional football. FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions have the FIFA RECOMMENDED status in their respective competition regulations.

“We believe FIFA is a way to weed through all of the different systems out there,” says Tom Enright, Divisional Vice President of Shaw Sportexe. “It proves there are differences in quality and performance. Only a few can meet this and we are proud to be one of them.”
The fields were installed by exclusive Shaw Sportexe partner, GTR Turf, located in Quebec. GTR is known for quality installations throughout Canada and the eastern U.S. All three fields were installed by GTR in 2011.

“Installation plays such a huge role in the testing and performance of a field,” said Enright. “We are grateful to have a partner that is so passionate about quality and who takes a vested interest in installing our product the way it should be.”

All three 2-Star fields feature Shaw Sportexe’s PowerBlade HP system. In addition to its natural grass-like aesthetics, the PowerBlade HP system is best known for its enhanced performance characteristics. Specifically engineered to meet the stringent demands of FIFA fields, PowerBlade HP yields low gMax ratings (safety) yet have vertical deformation (foot stability) and force reduction (lower extremity protection) values in range of high quality grass. By designing systems around these athlete-surface and ball-surface interactions, the field is functioning at its highest level of performance.

About Shaw Sportexe
A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Shaw Sportexe is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America. Shaw Sportexe has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 900 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information, please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

About GTR
GTR is a Canadian based synthetic turf installer with over 15 years of service and more than 250 professional and amateur field installations. In addition to sports fields, GTR installs a wide variety of applications including playground, putting greens, and residential and commercial landscaping. Focused on quality, GTR is committed to installing the best solutions on time and on budget. For more information, visit

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