Purdue Tabs FieldTurf for Second Athletic Complex Field; FieldTurf has Presence at 10 of 11 Big Ten Universities

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Purdue University has elected to install a new outdoor FieldTurf surface that will be an integral part of the school's athletic facilities. This will be the second full FieldTurf field for Boilermaker athletics as an indoor surface was installed at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center in January of 2006.

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We have been thoroughly pleased with the performance of our FieldTurf surface inside the Mollenkopf Center and are pleased to be installing a second field at our new outdoor practice facility

Purdue University has elected to install a new outdoor FieldTurf surface that will be an integral part of the school's athletic facilities. This will be the second full FieldTurf field for Boilermaker athletics as an indoor surface was installed at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center in January of 2006. The decision to install the latest FieldTurf was jointly announced by Purdue Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Morgan Burke and FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields.

The new full-length FieldTurf field will sit next to a full natural grass field, and both will be used for practice by the Boilermakers' football team. Both of those fields will be just north of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center, with the new FieldTurf outdoor surface bordering Northwestern Avenue on campus. This new installation will be part of a $99.5 million athletic facilities project for Purdue that will be completed in 2011-12.

FieldTurf has become a favorite of the Big Ten, with the world leader in artificial surfacing now having a strong presence at 10 of the 11 universities in the conference. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin have FieldTurf installed at their respective football stadiums. Northwestern and Penn State join Purdue with major full-sized FieldTurf football fields at their athletic complexes/practice facilities.

"We have been thoroughly pleased with the performance of our FieldTurf surface inside the Mollenkopf Center and are pleased to be installing a second field at our new outdoor practice facility," said Burke. "Upon completion, we believe Purdue football will be the beneficiary of a series of practice facilities and surfaces as good, if not better, than any in the Big Ten Conference and nationally."

"It is always a special honor when a major university selects our product for multiple installations," said Fields. "That is a display of confidence that we do not take lightly. We are so proud that Purdue is inviting FieldTurf to expand its presence on their campus. I know that Morgan Burke and (Assistant AD/Facilities) Steve Simmerman put a lot of effort and research into this phase of their athletic facilities upgrade, and we are pleased to be a part of it. We pledge to provide the finest state-of-the-art field that will provide top-notch performance for Head Football Coach Danny Hope and the rest of the Boilermakers athletic department."

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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.

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Jason Smollett
FieldTurf
800-724-2969
http://www.fieldturf.com

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