Georgetown University Completes Installation of New Shaw Sports Turf Field

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Multi-Sport Field Expected to Accommodate 12-15 Hours of Daily Use

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We chose Shaw Sports Turf because we recognized the quality of the company and the products they provide. We know that our new Momentum 51 system will be able to handle the heavy use by Georgetown’s student-athletes and student population.

Passengers flying in and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport have incredible aerial views of America’s most historic landmarks. Now, those passengers are also able to see a new monument of sorts…..a lush green field with a giant “G” in the middle.

The field is called the Multi-Sport Field at Georgetown University. The resurfacing of the field has just been completed and it certainly stands out.

The field, like many others around the country, is seeing an increase in usage and has just added a new synthetic surface from Shaw Sports Turf to accommodate that usage, while looking good and performing at a high level throughout the life of the field.

“This field is in use from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. almost every day,” said Brian McGuire, Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations at Georgetown. “We chose Shaw Sports Turf because we recognized the quality of the company and the products they provide. We know that our new Momentum 51 system will be able to handle the heavy use by Georgetown’s student-athletes and student population.”

The field is used as a game and practice field by the football team, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse. It also sees use from the men’s and women’s soccer team and from a variety of club sports teams and intramural sports such as softball, ultimate, and flag football.

Typically, a synthetic turf surface can handle more than four times the play of a typical natural grass field. In the case of Georgetown, the extra availability is a necessity.

The Shaw Sports Turf Momentum system mirrors the same look and feel as natural grass and is known for its durability and overall performance. With a 2.5-inch pile height and a two-inch infill that is a 50-50 mix of sand and rubber, the Momentum 51 system offers the best combination of firmness, speed and safety. The same system is used on the practice and game fields of the Baltimore Ravens.

“We’re excited about our partnership with Georgetown University,” said Ron Towle, Territory Manager with Shaw Sports Turf. “One of the world’s leading academic institutions, Georgetown is also committed to providing first-class facilities for its athletic teams and for the student body as a whole. Shaw Sports Turf is proud to be a part of that development.”

The 91,200 square foot field rests in the center of campus and, according to McGuire, has enhanced the look of the campus and created a source of pride among students and faculty. Because of the number of sports being played on it, the field is green, with the “G” being the only inlaid marking on the field. Lines for the different sports will be painted on with removable paint.

The field will open on June 16 with a lacrosse event and will be followed by camps for baseball and lacrosse. The football team will kick off its first home game on the surface on September 7, against Davidson. And you can bet there will be some passengers on inbound flights to Washington checking out this monument to the Hoyas.

About Shaw Sports Turf
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit http://www.shawsportsturf.com, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

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