Sprinturf Opens Evansville Football Fields to New Uses

March 6, 2009

EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 6 /PRNewswire/ — Construction has already begun on three landmark athletic fields in Evansville, Indiana that will be resurfaced by Sprinturf this spring. The Sprinturf fields mean better footing for local athletes and a better standing in the community for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) which will make the fields more accessible.

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“The exciting thing about the addition of synthetic turf is the impact it can have on the entire community,” commented Sprinturf president and CEO Stanley H. Greene. “The durability of the surface allows many other school and community related activities, in addition to athletics, to use the fields without having to worry about wear and tear or the safety of the athletes.”

Sprinturf is replacing the natural surfaces at F. J. Reitz High School’s 10, 000 seat Reitz Bowl, Central High School’s 8,000 seat Central Stadium and Benjamin Bosse High School’s 5,000 seat Enlow Field.

Seven high schools shared the three fields, primarily for football, in recent years. Paul Neidig, the EVSC’s Supervisor of Athletics, says it was a challenge to maintain them, “Year after year we’ve tried every kind of grass, bermuda hybrids, bluegrass, fescues but nothing has held up.”

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 Evansville in 2005, will be welcome. Concerts are also a possibility.

Prep work on each field will begin as soon as weather permits and Neidig expects summer football practices to be on the field by June 1st.

“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.”


Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Sprinturf is a leading U.S.-based provider of synthetic turf surfaces for private, municipal, high school, collegiate and professional athletic uses. The company is dedicated to delivering athletic surfaces that provide a safe playing environment for all athletes at every level of competition. Sprinturf strives to optimize field safety characteristics such as traction, rotation, grip, drainage, impact and cushioning in order to create an athlete-friendly synthetic turf environment. The company’s commitment to field safety is realized through its patented all-rubber infill system, its family of Ultrablade(TM) fibers and its patented triple-layered backing system. Sprinturf has delivered more than 500 playing surfaces across North America and Europe. Marquee customers include the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, Howard University, Sacred Heart University, The University of Montana, Auburn University, UCLA, and the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.sprinturf.com or call us at 877-686-TURF.

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