Sprinturf Opens Evansville Football Fields to New Uses
“The exciting thing about the addition of synthetic turf is the impact it can have on the entire community,” commented Sprinturf president and CEO
Sprinturf is replacing the natural surfaces at F. J. Reitz High School’s 10, 000 seat
Seven high schools shared the three fields, primarily for football, in recent years.
The fields were often worn bare by midseason, “If they advanced into the playoffs our teams were playing on substandard surfaces. They had no traction and sometimes there were holes in the fields. We were concerned with safety.” That will no longer be an issue, thanks to Sprinturf. Each of the fields will be replaced with Sprinturf’s Ultrablade DF synthetic turf system, an exclusive dual fiber system known for its durability and high performance. The dense combination of fiber traps infill in place, significantly reducing “flyout” seen in many straight fiber systems and plays like a natural grass surface in pristine condition.
For three years, Neidig has researched synthetic surfaces. He calculated the fields were used a total of 60 hours per year for football. With Sprinturf, he believes the fields will be used more than 1500 hours per year — and that’s only counting high school athletics.
Neidig has watched EVSC schools play in neighboring towns and realized there’s been a groundswell of interest in synthetic turf fields recently. The reasons are simple — increased usage and decreased maintenance.
Efforts to protect the fields often led the EVSC to turn down non-football requests to use the fields. Other sports, band competitions and outside organizations were routinely turned away. “We always look at ways we can become better community partners. Now we can allow the fields to become multi-use facilities.”
With Sprinturf fields, the picturesque stadiums can become true gathering spots for a variety of groups in the area. Long before the high school football season begins in mid-August, the new Sprinturf fields will host a regional band competition. Neidig says events like the U.S. Police Canine Association National Dog Trials, which came to
Prep work on each field will begin as soon as weather permits and Neidig expects summer football practices to be on the field by
“The great thing about working with the team at Sprinturf has been their openness and honesty. Every time I had a question, and I had a lot, they kept feeding me helpful information,” Neidig commented. “For us, it was about the process and the product and with Sprinturf, we felt really good about both.”
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