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July 5th 2021

Why the University of Texas’ New FieldTurf Could be The Greatest in the NCAA

Work has started on the field replacement at the University of Texas’ Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium, home of the Longhorns football team since 1924. The new surface will be the third FieldTurf surface installed at the stadium since 2009, when the natural grass field was converted back to artificial turf for the second time in school history.

“We’ve played on FieldTurf for over a decade and their team has been nothing short of exceptional” said Drew Martin, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. “When we were preparing to replace the field, we reviewed the available options but were confident that FieldTurf still had the best team and product for our program. The work they’ve done on product development and safety research set them apart for us.”

University of Texas at Austin officials opted for FieldTurf CORE, the company’s leading system. Built from FieldTurf’s 20+ years of industry-leading innovation and unmatched expertise, CORE, the first multi-layer dual-polymer fiber ever, rewrites the playbook for sports turf, reinvents the playing field, and redefines the player experience. Engineered for elite leve l facilities, CORE is designed to deliver a more realistic, textured, grass-like shape with optimal duraty and resiliency.

CORE’s performance and safety is backed by multiple independent certified sources. Labosport, a global leader in sport surface certification, tested CORE using the rigorous Fiber Performance Index — which measures durability, resilience and softness. The surface emerged with Labosport’s highest-ever Fiber Performance Index score of 90. The system was also tested to 200,000 cycles on the fiber wear test by Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research. Unlike imitation blended polymer fibers, CORE backs its performance with results.

“We’re proud and excited to continue to be the trusted surface of the University of Texas at Austin” said Eric Daliere, President – Tarkett North America & Tarkett Sports. “They have one of the most successful collegiate athletic programs in the country and their trust is a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to excellence.”

In Texas, over 500 programs trust FieldTurf of which includes powerhouse football programs University of Houston, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University and Texas State University to name a few.

The project is to be completed in collaboration with RS Global, an Official FieldTurf Partner based in Farmers Branch, Texas.

About FieldTurf
FieldTurf is a world leader in artificial turf with over 20,000 installations and a part of Tarkett Sports, a world leader in athletic surfacing, offering a comprehensive portfolio of sports flooring solutions through its brands: FieldTurf, FieldTurf Landscape, Beynon Sports, Renner Sports, GrassMaster and Tarkett Sports Indoor. With a wide range of products including artificial, hybrid and residential turf, running tracks, tennis courts and indoor athletic surfaces, the Tarkett Sports family offers the ultimate surface experience.

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