St. Louis, MO (Vocus) June 12, 2009
A brand-new, state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface will be installed for the NFL's St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams have been playing their home games exclusively on FieldTurf since the 2005 campaign. The latest version from the worldwide leader in artificial turf will be in place when the Rams open their 2009 schedule with a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on August 21.
The Rams are one of 22 NFL franchises who currently use FieldTurf at their stadium and/or practice facility. Additionally, the Rams have a FieldTurf practice field at Rams Park.
"We are very pleased to continue our relationship with FieldTurf," said Rams General Manager Billy Devaney. "The FieldTurf surface has been good for our players and we look forward to playing on it again this season at the Edward Jones Dome."
"We are honored to continue our longstanding relationship with the Edward Jones Dome, the city of St. Louis and, of course, with the Rams," said FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields. "Everyone at FieldTurf is proud of our extensive involvement with the National Football League, which is considered by many to be the premier professional league in all of sports. Our outstanding track record of safety, playability and service has guided our relationship with the Rams, and with the other NFL franchises. We pledge to continue to provide the most outstanding turf product available in the world today, one that will provide the finest possible playing conditions for the Rams, along with the finest possible viewing experience for Rams fans."
The Edward Jones Dome opened in 1995 and has a current seating capacity of 66,000.
The NFL Players Association released their bi-annual ranking of NFL stadium fields during a January 29 press conference in Tampa prior to the Super Bowl. Once again, the results tabbed FieldTurf as the runaway leader among all artificial turf brands. In data gathered from polling/voting of over 1500 NFL players, 40% of the league's Top Ten surfaces were FieldTurf fields. In addition, four of the top five and eight of the top ten artificial turf fields in the league are FieldTurf, according to that NFLPA data.
FieldTurf offers industry leading engineering and manufacturing resources, unparalleled leasing and financing capabilities 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 over 3,000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained over 12,000 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 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. For more information, please visit http://www.fieldturf.com