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INNOVATIVE SYNTHETIC TURF FIELD REVITALIZES HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM

By Denise Valenzuela

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When Jesuit High School needed a new field for its nationally-ranked sports teams, school officials wanted cutting-edge technology. From consultations with the school, architects and field builders the process learned Jesuit High School officials wanted to completely update the 45-year-old field and were seeking a novel approach to synthetic turf, with maximum utility for Jesuit’s nationally ranked sports teams.

The Jesuit High School community wanted a field which could accommodate football and soccer. Installing turf rather than keeping grass would also allow a safer, year-round playing surface. Last year, there were 48 football games on the field; now, we can schedule football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse without concern for field conditions.

The field, is an extremely dense  turf system. It boasts twice as much fiber as older fields, giving Jesuit a plush turf system with maximum durability and longevity. The turf used a specialized fiber system that is bulkier and incorporated a second layer of crimped nylon fibers to hold infill in place and provide additional resiliency.

The specific type of turf field includes a unique tire-free infill material called ZeoFill. ZeoFill has a consistency similar to sand, but is actually a mineral sold in health food stores that holds (but does not require) water, thereby creating an evaporative cooling effect. The infill provides excellent ballast and speed to the turf system – a quality greatly appreciated by Jesuit’s soccer team.

The fact that the ZeoFill does not require water made it an optimal choice for a school looking to protect the environment by conserving water in the midst of California’s devastating drought.

Water was a consideration when we reviewed various infill products for the field says a spokesperson. Our choices were nudged by the drought. But we were mostly driven by the need to find robust products which would allow the year-long use of the stadium. Removing 100,000 square feet of grass from our watering schedule is very positive, too.

The finished product is a unique combination of new technologies that provides the surface to meet the needs of the prestigious Jesuit School.

 

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