Austin ISD’s House Park Stadium Holds Season Openers On Hellas Construction’s Matrix Turf with Helix Technology

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On Thursday, August 27th, Austin Independent School District’s House Park Stadium reopened its doors in great fashion as it held the Taco Shack between the Anderson High School Trojans and the McCallum High School Knights. This was the first high school football game played on the stadium’s new Matrix® Turf with Helix Technology surface.

2015 Taco Shack Bowl at Austin ISD’s House Park Stadium played on Hellas Construction's Matrix® Turf with Helix Technology

2015 Taco Shack Bowl at Austin ISD’s House Park Stadium.

This project was definitely special to us. Being a local company, Hellas understands how important House Park Stadium is to the community and to the school district.

On Thursday, August 27th, Austin Independent School District’s House Park Stadium reopened its doors in great fashion as it held the Taco Shack between the Anderson High School Trojans and the McCallum High School Knights. This was the first game played on the stadium’s new Matrix® Turf with Helix Technology surface.

House Park Stadium was closed after the Memorial Day flood left the artificial turf damaged beyond repair, leaving several Austin ISD schools without a home to host their 2015-16 football season. The Austin Aztex, the local MLS developmental team, was forced to relocate the remainder of their home games for the 2015 season.

Hellas Construction began the $400,000 turf installation project on July 13th and finished in twelve days. The stadium was surfaced with Hellas’ Matrix® Turf with Helix technology, a highly-demanded product with Shape Memory Technology (SMT) known for producing an aesthetically pleasing playing surface, minimizing “fly-out”, and superior resiliency. This synthetic turf system has also been installed in stadiums such as Baylor University’s McLane Stadium and Allen ISD’s Eagle Stadium. Additionally, Hellas also inspected the base by putting a camera through the pipelines to check for debris and clogs. A new cleanout was then installed to improve the drainage of the field.

“This project was definitely special to us,” said Mauricio Espinosa, Turf Operations Manager at Hellas Construction. “Being a local company, Hellas understands how important House Park Stadium is to the community and to the school district. We made sure the new field would be ready for athletes to play their 2015-16 football season as well as for the community to enjoy.”

The Anderson High School Trojans took the Taco Shack Bowl for the second consecutive year with a final score of 28-14. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held before kickoff, where Austin ISD officials welcomed the community to the renovated downtown stadium. The Austin High School Maroons and the McNeil High School Mavericks also held their season opener at House Park Stadium on Friday, August 28th. The Maroons defeated the Mavericks 44-37.

The next varsity game at House Park Stadium will be held between the Round Rock Westwood Warriors and the Anderson High School Trojans on Thursday, September 3rd.

About Hellas Construction
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hellas Construction is a nationwide contractor with a strong reputation for delivering premium-quality sports construction projects across the United States. Hellas has the ability to custom-manufacture and install its own of synthetic surfaces for field sports, running tracks, and tennis courts, by controlling all related operations. For more information, visit hellasconstruction.com and matrix-turf.com or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

About House Park Stadium
Austin Independent School District’s House Park Stadium is a football and soccer stadium located in downtown Austin, Texas. Opened in 1939, House Park Stadium has a 6,000-6,5000 capacity and is the home of the MLS Developmental team Austin Aztex, as well as several Austin ISD high schools.

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