West Orange-Stark High School Baseball and Softball Fields are the First to Have Exclusive Nolan Ryan Engineered Turf

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General Sports Surfaces out of Fort Worth, Texas, installed the NR34 product that was developed in collaboration with Act Global and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and RS3 Turf.

Using natural grass benchmarks, RS3 and Act Global set out to engineer an optimum surface in terms of ball roll, infill splash, and natural ball bounce.

“We’re excited to be partnering with West Orange-Stark School and congratulate them on being the first field to bear the NR34 name,” Ryan Sanders Baseball CEO Reese Ryan said. “We’re committed to bringing the game of baseball to as many people as possible while keeping player safety at the forefront, and we feel very confident in this product.”

General Sports Surfaces, who recently installed a new Act Global synthetic turf for the West Orange-Stark football field, was also involved in the base construction and installation of the school’s new baseball and softball fields.

“It is not often that a company in the synthetic turf industry has the unique opportunity to be the first to do something,” Hector Puentes, CEO of General Sports said. “The baseball and softball fields, installed by General Sports at West Orange-Stark High School, are not only the first Act Global NR34 fields in Texas, they are the first in the entire nation. We are proud to be associated with Act Global and the Nolan Ryan group (RS3),”

“Countless hours of research and testing went into the development of this system, which was designed and tested to emulate the playing conditions of perfectly manicured natural grass baseball and softball fields,” Puentes continued.
"We are extremely pleased with the finished product that was provided by GSS. The level of professionalism and commitment to excellence was second to none." - Dr. Rickie R. Harris, Superintendent.

“We appreciate the opportunity to enhance the safety and performance of the West Orange-Stark High School student-athletes” John Baize, CEO of Act Global said. “Our partners General Sports and RS3 join us to support the school’s culture to empower lives through excellence every day’. We are excited that thousands of players in the community will enjoy the surface for many years to come!”

A grand opening ceremony for surrounding school administrators and coaches is taking place Tuesday, February 18th, at the West Orange-Stark baseball stadium.

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About Act Global
Act Global is a world leader in synthetic turf technology with an ISO 9001 Quality Certified manufacturing facility in Calhoun, Georgia, and field installations in over 90 countries. Act Global is a FIFA Quality Licensee and preferred supplier for World Rugby, the International Hockey Federation, and the United Soccer League. The Act Global UBU Speed Series is the leading brand for NFL & NCAA Division I Football Fields has been featured in the New Orleans Superdome 2013, 2017, and 2018, New York Met Life Stadium 2014, and Minneapolis U.S. Bank Stadium 2016 and 2019.

About General Sports Surfaces
General Sports Surfaces are specialists in turn-key sports design and construction of artificial and synthetic grass and turf fields and surfaces for football, baseball, and soccer for middle school, high school, college, and professional stadiums and facilities. We also build and resurface athletic running tracks. From repairs on your running track and football field, to the installation of bleachers and scoreboards of your indoor facility, we are the only true turn-key package when it comes to sports fields and facilities in the region.

About Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment
Originally founded as Ryan Sanders Sports Services (RS3), Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment is a sports service-related firm wholly owned and operated by Ryan Sanders Baseball. RS3 folds in programming and operational models for banquet and conferencing, award-winning groundskeeping and turf management, and a complete strategic hospitality service package to address every event-day need in any size venue. RS3 injects a resounding new perspective to the traditional industry of sports venue services – an operator’s sensitivity to guest service and a difference-making attitude about quality and unexpected guest satisfaction. Ryan Sanders Baseball is led by Nolan, Reid and Reese Ryan and Don, Bret and Brad Sanders, and is the parent company for the Round Rock Express (Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros), Nolan Ryan Foundation, Express Select, RS3 Events & Entertainment, RS3 Turf and RS3 Strategic Hospitality. For more information about the Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment family of companies, visit RS3sports.com.

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