Johns Hopkins University Practice Field Getting New Shaw Sports Turf Surface In Time for Summer Youth Sports Programs

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Shaw Sports Turf now selected multiple times on multiple fields for Johns Hopkins

Historic Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins

Our continued partnership with Shaw Sports reflects that commitment to our student-athletes and campus community.

Johns Hopkins University athletic programs will enjoy new turf on the practice field beginning this summer.

The school is updating the field with a Momentum 51 surface from Shaw Sports Turf and is expected to reopen June 5 in time for lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer camps and clinics. The summer programs serve more than 3,000 area youth from age six to rising seniors in high school.

Assistant Director of Athletics Jon Gregory says Shaw Sports Turf originally installed the Momentum surface on the Homewood Field and practice field in 2005. After 10 years of high traffic use, he is proud to renew the surface with the same product. Historic Homewood Field installed a new Momentum surface in 2014.

“Our Practice Field is the most heavily used field on campus. With operational hours of nearly 17 hours a day, this field serves not only our student-athletes but a variety of recreational sports, campus groups and youth camps,” Gregory noted. “We knew it was time to replace the turf and maintain our commitment to the students and groups that call the field home.”

Construction on the project began April 22.

“We’re proud to be a long-term partner of Johns Hopkins University,” said Ron Towle, Territory Manager for Shaw Sports Turf. “It says a lot that they have selected Shaw Sports Turf’s products multiple times on multiple fields.”

Momentum is a high-performance synthetic turf system designed with a proven slit film technology. Mirroring the look and feel of natural grass, Shaw’s Momentum system is fast, dense and firm. In addition to its durability and performance benefits, Momentum’s fiber construction results in an umbrella effect that helps hold infill and reduce overall fly-out.

“Being able to provide consistent surfaces on both Homewood Field and the Practice Field will allow our programs to move seamlessly between fields throughout the year. We feel this will provide our student-athletes a competitive advantage in having multiple venues to prepare in their pursuit of NCAA Championships,” Gregory said.

Johns Hopkins Athletics has seen unprecedented success in the past two years.

In the 2014-15 academic year, Hopkins Athletics finished 2nd in the final standings of the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings, marking the fifth consecutive year with a Top 10 finish. The Blue Jay men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer teams both advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, while women’s lacrosse and football both qualified for the NCAA Tournament; it was the fifth consecutive NCAA appearance for the football team.

The school regularly hosts NCAA championship events on its fields.

Upon completion of the summer programs for children, University NCAA sports teams will begin workouts on the new practice field in August.

“Johns Hopkins University is recognized as one of our country’s finest institutions. Hopkins Athletics prides itself on providing student-athletes the same world-class education and experience on the playing field as they receive in the classroom,” Gregory said. “Our continued partnership with Shaw Sports reflects that commitment to our student-athletes and campus community.”

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, 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 1,500 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

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