We never thought this would be possible, but we finally have the field we always wished for.
Providence, RI (Vocus) July 11, 2009
Classical High School has officially marked a tremendous moment in its athletic history. A major upgrade to the sports field has placed the school at the forefront of establishments with modernized sports venues. Locally-famed Al Morro Stadium, home of the Classical Purples, now boasts a brand new FieldTurf surface - the world's leading synthetic turf system.
"A dream come true," exclaimed Robert Palazzo, Classical's Athletic Director. "We never thought this would be possible, but we finally have the field we always wished for." Over the years, the school had lacked sufficient resources to provide its athletes with a true home field. An unsafe, deteriorated grass field often forced players and fans to take buses to home games scheduled in different areas of the city. Now, the 2008 division IV state champions will have a FieldTurf home field at Classical High School which will be the envy of sports programs across Rhode Island.
"The dream" came in the form of monetary assistance from the NFL and the New England Patriots, allowing the school to opt for a FieldTurf surface; the exact same surface used by the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. In fact, FieldTurf is the most widely used synthetic turf in the NFL, with 21 teams playing or practicing on the premium brand.
Classical High School drew the NFL's attention by presenting their school's complete athletic program - forced to play on a broken down and diminished natural grass field. Year after year, the grass was unable able to withstand the significant use of the football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams, turning the playing surface into dust early on in the season.
The goal of the NFL Grassroots Program is to provide financial and technical assistance in order to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Over 100 fields in 45 American cities have received assistance from this program. The partnership between the NFL's Grassroots Program and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation were moved by Classical's efforts and willingness to share a turf field with local community programs. A $200,000 grant was awarded to Classical for the FieldTurf project, rectifying the school's facility problems once and for all.
The Mayor and City Council also approached Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots organization, which ended up donating $100,000 for the historic project.
Once the funds were secured, Classical's staff immediately determined the criteria which were most important in selecting artificial turf: "Durability and safety," stated Palazzo. "We no longer want our students and community to play on a diminished surface. This town has been the victim to such conditions for all too long."
With the industry's safest and most durable system, Classical High School will receive exactly what they hoped for from the turf manufacturer. FieldTurf's patented synthetic turf is the only layered silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill which provides maximum safety to reduce serious injuries sustained on grass, while granting a firmness to also maximize athletic performance. As well, the turf is designed to withstand continuous use from all sports, offering unlimited all-weather playability and maintaining a consistent high-performance surface the entire time.
This major construction project has also led Classical High School to take a step in the "green" direction. The FieldTurf system is a renowned, leading-edge, environmentally-friendly product made of recycled materials. It eliminates harmful maintenance products used on natural grass such as lawn mowers, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Institutions across North America have saved billions of gallons of potable water per year - a benefit that is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED accreditation, among many other contributing factors.
FieldTurf offers industry leading engineering and manufacturing resources, unparalleled leasing and financing capabilities, and clearly leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. 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.
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