Indiana State Chooses Fieldturf For Memorial Stadium

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Indiana State has become the latest NCAA university to select FieldTurf for its football stadium. FieldTurf, the world leader in artificial turf, is being installed at ISU's Memorial Stadium and will debut when the Sycamores open their 2009 football season on August 27 against Quincy.

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We are pleased to begin our season on a new quality FieldTurf surface

Indiana State has become the latest NCAA university to select FieldTurf for its football stadium. FieldTurf, the world leader in artificial turf, is being installed at ISU's Memorial Stadium and will debut when the Sycamores open their 2009 football season on August 27 against Quincy. Indiana State Athletic Director Ron Prettyman and FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields jointly made the announcement of the FieldTurf installation.

The new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium will replace the AstroPlay that was installed in 2001. The FieldTurf installation is nearing completion and is fully on schedule.

"We are pleased to begin our season on a new quality FieldTurf surface," said Prettyman. "The crew from FieldTurf was great to work with and met the agreed upon deadlines. Their sessions with our staff regarding upkeep and maintenance of the surface were informative and thorough."

"We're obviously delighted that Indiana State has chosen FieldTurf for Memorial Stadium," said Fields. "Ron (Prettyman) and his staff put a lot of time and effort into making their selection, and we're proud that they picked FieldTurf. We strongly believe that our product and our customer service are far and away the best in the industry, and it's always rewarding whenever our efforts pay off with yet another university putting their trust in FieldTurf."

"Our team is extremely excited to be able to practice and play on the new FieldTurf," said ISU Head Football Coach Trent Miles. "Our playing surface is now the best in the Missouri Valley Conference. FieldTurf's track record and their client list are second to none nationally. I am looking forward to getting our preseason practice underway and playing our first game on August 27 against Quincy on this new high quality surface."

Memorial Stadium, which serves as the home of Sycamores football, previously served as a minor league baseball park. Indiana State has a long history of playing its home football games on artificial turf, and in fact, in 1967, ISU became the first university to own and maintain outdoor use of an artificial playing surface.

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.

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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