Kennesaw State installs first PlayMaster hybrid grass field in the United States
When Kennesaw State University’s athletic teams take to the field at Fifth Third Bank Stadium later this year, they will do so on the first hybrid grass field in the western hemisphere, after Georgia-based Precision Turf installed the PlayMaster surface by Tarkett Sports last week.
The PlayMaster system from GrassMaster by Tarkett Sports, is a carpet-based hybrid grass technology that offers fast installation, instant playability and the same natural grass feel. The innovative technology creates a divot-free surface to allow for excellent stability to help maintain the quality and safety of the field.
Precision Turf grew a plot of the reinforced natural turf at its farm in Braselton, Georgia, and installed the product at Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium last week.
Zach Kerns, Executive Director of the KSU Sports Entertainment Park, said:
We’re not just resting on the recognition the stadium has receive; we’re improving. We want to be innovative at Kennesaw State and enhance the University’s prominence, so we are taking the lead in implementing this state-of-the-art turf in the U.S.
- A carpet-based technology that gives horizontal reinforcement to the natural grass of a pitch
- Patented spray coating process onto the backing leaves ample room for drainage and oxygenation, and promotes optimal root penetration
- In-house produced synthetic fibres reinforce the subbase, providing optimal resilience and resistance
- Fibres are made of inert material and do not adversely affect natural grass
- System provides superior tuft lock, preventing fibre release under harsh conditions, such as during renovations
The new surface played host to Atlanta United FC last night in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against the Charleston Battery at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Source: Kennesaw State University.
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