Multi-Field Artificial Turf and Running Track Installations; a Market Trend and Hellas Sports Constructions’ Expertise

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Three Matrix® Turf Fields to be installed for Ouachita Parish, HEB ISD and Eanes ISD multi-field projects near completion

North Desoto HS - Stonewall, LA

In the past we missed 30-40 activities per season, thanks to the Insurrection turf we have not had to cancel any activities and we had zero missed games

The recent surge of school districts investing in artificial grass fields and running tracks has resulted in an increase in multi-site projects for Hellas Sports Construction. The company was recently awarded the three-field project for Richwood, Sterlington, and Ouachita Parish high schools. In 2011, five multi-site installations, totalling 15 fields, were completed in time for football season. Hellas has the unique infrastructure, resources and project management to execute these projects quickly.

During the height of the season the company runs 8 construction crews, 10 synthetic field crews, and 9 track crews simultanously. “What sets us apart is our meticoulous focus on quality and integrated solutions,” says Matt Scnitzler Senior Construction Manager, “the customer likes the fact that our crews and superintendents are on-site from start to finish.”

Last year, Hellas Sports Construction under tight deadlines, simultaneously completed three football fields for Desoto Parish, Louisianna. The projects required removal of previous grass surfaces, extensive excavation including a substantial storm water drainage system, major concrete work and renovation of the tracks. Insurrection™ synthetic turf, a new product for 2011 was installed for all three fields.

Confidently, Desoto Parish decided to try the new Insurrection product despite they could not see the product installed, as it was brand new in 2011. Scott Abernathy Athletic Director at North Desoto H.S. says the fields have performed great and the utilization has increased significantly. “In the past we missed 30-40 activities per season, thanks to the Insurrection turf we have not had to cancel any activities and we had zero missed games,” says Abernathy. The school used to have an alternate practice facility they no longer use.

Lubbock ISD received 5 new synthetic turf fields and 5 new running tracks, along with major reconstruction. Lowery Field, Lubbock’s main game field received Matrix® 46 synthetic turf with an Elastic Layer underneath and a Sport Tracks® 1000 running track. Coronado, Estacado, Lubbock and Monterey High Schools also received Matrix 46 synthetic turf with Sport Tracks 300 running tracks.

Other multi-field projects so far this year include HEB ISD; Bell and Trinity HS Field and Track Renovation as well as Eanes ISD; West Ridge Middle School and Hill Country Middle School.

Hellas Sports Constructions’ client base include many prominent organizations and educational institutions such as: Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Baylor University, Northern Arizona University, University of Georgia, Idaho University, Idaho State University, The Alamodome, University of North Carolina, The Cotton Bowl, The Alamobowl, The Sun Bowl, The International Bowl and the NFL Experience.

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About Hellas Sports Construction
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Hellas is one of the largest sport contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis installation and maintenance. Hellas controls all business processes to take its products directly to its customers, including marketing, sales, quality control and project management. For more information visit

Hellas' partnership with legendary materials manufacturer, Royal TenCate, has positioned the company for continued success. TenCate Grass develops and produces synthetic turf components and designs systems for top-flight sport, recreation and landscape applications. Together with its partners, TenCate Grass strives to achieve a system approach. This gives users confidence in playing characteristics and lifespan. TenCate Grass has production facilities in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

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