University of Maryland Enhances Student-Athlete Safety by Installing Brock PowerBase at Byrd Stadium

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The University of Maryland installed Brock PowerBase as the shock pad and drainage layer used underneath its new synthetic turf surface to protect the safety of student athletes and help prevent concussions

Focused on protecting the safety of student-athletes, the University of Maryland installed Brock PowerBase as the shock pad and drainage layer used underneath its new synthetic turf surface at Capital One Field in Byrd Stadium. Delivering maximum safety with optimum playing field characteristics and speed, Brock has been proven to prevent the likelihood of concussions by 50% compared to synthetic turf over a stone base.

“Brock provides us a surface that will help better protect our student-athletes from potential injuries and concussions,” said Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland. “It has proven to be an outstanding base at a number of different venues, and we are pleased that Brock PowerBase will enhance the safety of our student-athletes during athletic competition.”    

Innovation has driven the design of the new Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, which was handled by consulting engineering firm of A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc - Featuring a FieldTurf Revolution surface, the project has been called the "coolest" synthetic turf field in the nation because of its use of an exclusive new heat-reducing-technology which, when coupled with the patented silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill, can reduce urface temperatures by up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. With the installation of Brock, Byrd Stadium will be one of the top facilities in the country in terms of performance and safety.

“Brock PowerBase adds a level of safety and playability, from a concussion-prevention standpoint, unlike any other we’ve seen,” notes Tim Riordan, P.E., an associate at A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc., whose firm has handled more than 25 synthetic turf fields in the Mid-Atlantic region. “It makes every synthetic turf field play like a natural turf field from the safety aspect.”

Research firm BioMechanica, LLC studied the estimated risk of head injury on synthetic turf surfaces with Brock underlayment and found the product reduces the likelihood of traumatic brain injury by up to 50% compared to typical synthetic turf over a stone base, provides the same G-Max and playability as a pristine natural grass field and mitigates field hardening over time. In evaluating Head Injury Criteria (HIC), also known as critical fall height, Sports Labs LLC found that Brock PowerBase offered significant improvement in HIC when compared to a turf field that featured a stone base.

About Brock International:
Brock International is the leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf. With over 25 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock has handled hundreds of successful installations for clients ranging from NFL teams and major universities to high schools and community parks. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Offering the only product in the market that can be closed loop recycled, Brock PowerBase is certified to the world’s most stringent environmental standards. Visit to learn more.

About Byrd Stadium:
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, nestled in the corner of the University of Maryland's campus, has been home to national championship Maryland Terrapins football and men's and women's lacrosse teams, and to more than 50 ACC track and field champions. The outdoor athletic stadium served as the host to the Queen of England at a football game, and was the stage where the greatest high hurdler in history, Renaldo Nehemiah, performed his amazing feats. It also has been a regular site for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Final Four, where several attendance records have been shattered. For more information, visit

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