COLUMBUS, OH (April 23, 2010) — Ohio State, one of the traditional powers in college football, is adding another FieldTurf football field to its athletic complex. The new surface will be a full-sized football field, and it will be a part of The Woody Hayes Athletic Complex at OSU. The installation of the new FieldTurf field is expected to commence around June 1. This new installation will be the third FieldTurf field on the Ohio State campus.
The new FieldTurf football field will allow the Buckeyes to practice on the same surface on which they play their home games. Ohio State has played on FieldTurf at Ohio Stadium since it was installed there during the spring of 2007.
The new installation at OSU further strengthens FieldTurf’s ties with The Big Ten, as the world leader in artificial surfacing has a strong presence at 10 of the 11 universities in the conference. In addition to Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have FieldTurf installed at their respective football stadiums. Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue have major full-sized FieldTurf football fields at their athletic complexes/practice facilities.
“It will be a tremendous advantage to our football program to have the same surface on our practice field as we have at Ohio Stadium,” said Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel. “With FieldTurf, there’s never any question of playability.”
“Ohio State is one of the true legendary American universities, and we’re thrilled to further expand FieldTurf’s relationship with the Buckeyes,” said FieldTurf Regional Vice-President (and Ohio State alumnus) Jim Knazek. “We have all been so pleased with the success of the first three seasons of the FieldTurf surface at Ohio Stadium, and we’re confident that this new practice field will meet with similar feedback. (Director of Athletics) Gene Smith, Coach Tressel and the staff at OSU have been a pleasure to work with. We will continue to provide the Buckeyes with what has become known as the world’s finest and safest playing surface.”
Ohio State football is one of the most decorated programs in NCAA history. The Buckeyes have won or shared the national championship five times, in 1942, 1954, 1957, 1968 and 2002. In addition, Ohio State players have captured seven Heisman Trophies, including Troy Smith (2006), Eddie George (1995), Archie Griffin (1974 & 1975), Howard Cassady (1955), Vic Janowicz (1950) and Les Horvath (1944).
FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources, unparalleled leasing and financing capabilities and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with over 3,000 fields installed. 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 and Atlas 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.
For more information, please visit www.fieldturf.com.