Colorado State's New Indoor Athletic Facility to Feature Fieldturf

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FieldTurf is being installed at the brand-new indoor athletics practice facility that is being completed at Colorado State, it was jointly announced today by CSU Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk and FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields. The installation of the new FieldTurf, which will be on the facility's football field, is now close to completion.

FieldTurf is being installed at the brand-new indoor athletics practice facility that is being completed at Colorado State, it was jointly announced today by CSU Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk and FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields. The installation of the new FieldTurf, which will be on the facility's football field, is now close to completion.

This new, as-yet unnamed indoor facility is expected to be a boon for Colorado State athletics, as CSU had been the only Mountain West Conference school without one. The Rams are already accustomed to FieldTurf, as they play their home games at Hughes Stadium on the world leader in artificial turf.

"I think FieldTurf is outstanding," said CSU Head Football Coach Steve Fairchild. "Indoors or outdoors, in inclement weather or blistering heat, it holds up remarkably well and drains quickly so it doesn't affect the outcome of a game, and that's really what you want in a playing surface. At Colorado State, we've installed it at our home stadium, on one of our outdoor practice fields, and now in our new indoor facility. Players love it, too. It's great for our game."

"One of the biggest compliments that we can get at FieldTurf is when a university that already has FieldTurf is so pleased with our product that they want more of it," said Fields. "That's the case at Colorado State, and we couldn't be more pleased. It's very gratifying to know that Mr. Kowalczyk, Coach Fairchild and others in the Rams' athletics department have that type of confidence and appreciation for what FieldTurf provides to their athletes."

The new 66,267-square-foot indoor practice facility will include a 70-yard football field, a four-lane training track, a full-size basketball court plus two half-courts, two full-size volleyball courts, locker rooms and training rooms. There will also be space to allow for hitting practice for the school's softball and golf teams.

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.

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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

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