Jan. 11, 2006
PRINCETON - FieldTurf made its entrance into the Ivy League this winter, as the worldwide leader in the artificial turf industry has installed its product at Princeton Stadium. The announcement was made jointly today by Princeton Athletics Director Gary Walters and FieldTurf CEO John Gilman. The installation of the new FieldTurf began shortly after the conclusion of the 2005 football season and is now in place and ready for the 2006 season.
FieldTurf is currently in use in more than 25 NCAA Division I-A football stadiums including Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Kansas State, Boston College and Missouri.
"On behalf of the University and the Athletic Department, I want to thank alumnus, Bill Powers '79, and the PFA for their leadership, cooperation and generosity in enabling us to install FieldTurf, a surface that will ensure greater and more diverse athletic use of the Stadium for competitions and practice," Director of Athletics Gary Walters said.
"Everyone at FieldTurf is pumped up about being associated with Princeton and the Ivy League," said Gilman. "Of course, Princeton fielded one of the first teams in the history of college football, so to partner with their program on this project is an extra thrill. I'm confident that Princeton Stadium will be an even finer facility with its new state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface. I want to personally thank Gary Walters and Coach (Roger) Hughes for their confidence in our product...we won't let them down."
Princeton Stadium opened in 1998, replacing Palmer Stadium, which had been in use for Princeton football since 1914. Princeton Stadium has a current capacity of 27,800.
In addition to its growing popularity in the college ranks, FieldTurf has already established itself as the turf of choice in the National Football League. Twenty-three of the NFL's 32 teams currently use FieldTurf at their stadiums and/or their practice facilities. Also, three Major League Baseball teams used FieldTurf at their stadiums in 2005. FieldTurf was also the first artificial turf product approved by FIFA (soccer's world governing body) for World Cup play. The NFL Players Association recently conducted a survey of all NFL players who were asked to rank the league's 32 stadium fields on a variety of factors, such as playability, safety, etc. The NFL players ranked FieldTurf fifth out of 32, and amazingly, NFL players rated FieldTurf ahead of 15 of the league's 19 natural grass fields.
FieldTurf is the result of years of research - evident in the patented FieldTurf infill mix of silica sand and cryogenic rubber and patented layering process that deliver a system that emulates natural grass. Additional benefits are found in improved player safety, reduced maintenance costs and flexibility for conversion - allowing stadium managers to quickly change the field from one sport to another or to easily host a variety of sporting events, concerts and other special events directly on top of the FieldTurf surface.
Over the past few years, the quality and performance of FieldTurf's patented system has resulted in over 1400 installations in more than 40 countries. For more information on FieldTurf, please visit www.fieldturf.com or call (800) 724-2969.
Princeton's first game on the FieldTurf will take place on Sept. 23 when the Tigers welcome 2005 Patriot League champion Lafayette to Princeton Stadium. The Tigers, who won seven games last season for their best record in a decade, defeated Lafayette 23-21 in the 2005 season opener. The game time has not yet been determined.