Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Go First Class with Fieldturf

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Rack up another NCAA Division 1-A installation for FieldTurf. The latest feather in the cap of the world leader in artificial surfacing is at Western Kentucky's Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

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As we continue the evolution of our football program to bigger and better heights as one of only 120 Football Bowl Subdivision members, we are very pleased to have recently installed a new first-class field at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium

Rack up another NCAA Division 1-A installation for FieldTurf. The latest feather in the cap of the world leader in artificial surfacing is at Western Kentucky's Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. WKU Athletics Director Dr. Camden "Wood" Selig and FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields jointly made the announcement that FieldTurf will be the turf of choice for the Hilltoppers beginning with the 2009 football campaign.

The new FieldTurf at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium has just been installed and the football team practiced on it for the first time this week as the Hilltoppers opened spring practice. The FieldTurf will "officially" debut on September 12 when Western Kentucky host South Florida. Western Kentucky, one of only 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) teams, is eligible for a bowl berth and the Sun Belt Conference championship for the first time in 2009.        

"As we continue the evolution of our football program to bigger and better heights as one of only 120 Football Bowl Subdivision members, we are very pleased to have recently installed a new first-class field at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium," said Selig. "Our new FieldTurf surface is identical to the one used by more than 50 top NCAA universities, and 21 of the NFL's 32 teams presently utilize FieldTurf in their stadiums and/or practice facilities. Following the recent significant renovations to our football stadium, it is only fitting that we also add a state-of-the-art playing surface. It is truly an exciting time for WKU football."

"Our new FieldTurf surface is everything I had hoped it would be," said WKU Head Coach David Elson. "It is state-of-the-art in every respect, and our players love it. Some say you are known by the company you keep, and when you look at the professional organizations and top college programs that have FieldTurf, it is a pretty impressive group to be associated with."

"We are obviously very pleased that Western Kentucky has selected FieldTurf for Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium," said Fields. "With Western Kentucky's elevation to Division 1-A, the university is working hard to elevate the football program in a variety of ways. We are thrilled that WVU considers FieldTurf to be an important piece of the puzzle as they strive to make Hilltoppers football even better. FieldTurf will do everything within its power to give Hilltoppers fans and Coach Elson an athletic surface that will bring out the best in their team."

The installation of FieldTurf at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium is one of the improvements that have been made to the facility in the past two years. Those improvements have included a significant renovation to the stadium's east side that brings the capacity to 25,000. A new club level has been added, along with new football offices, a new weight room, new locker room, new weight room and new training room. Additionally, a new scoreboard, which includes a video screen, has been added.

More than 50 top NCAA universities currently play their home games on FieldTurf including Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Boston College, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas Tech, Rutgers, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Louisville. Twenty-one of the NFL's 32 teams presently utilize FieldTurf in their stadiums and/or practice facilities. In addition, MLB's Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays have FieldTurf at their respective stadiums.

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 3000 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

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