Portions of Press Release Courtesy of AstroTurf®

NEWARK, Del. University of Delaware Athletics is upgrading two of its most recognizable athletic fields and has chosen AstroTurf® for the makeover.

Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium, home of the UD football and men's and women's lacrosse teams, and Fred P. Rullo Stadium, home of the 2016 NCAA champion Blue Hen field hockey squad, are both having state-of-the-art AstroTurf surfaces installed this summer, and each venue is getting a premium turf designed for optimum performance in the sport of record.

Delaware Stadium will soon receive a playing surface made of RootZone 3D3 Blend, AstroTurf's signature football product. This artificial turf system utilizes multiple specialized fibers including AstroTurf's patented RootZone, a sub-layer that stabilizes infill while improving safety, playability, and durability.

Installation is already underway at Rullo Stadium, where the AstroTurf System 90 playing surface is being laid down. This premium field hockey product combines the traditional knitted nylon top cloth with a 3/8th inch Armacell pad.

AstroTurf is recognized as the Official Artificial Surface Provider of both USA Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and its playing surfaces have long been regarded as the unequivocal standard for field hockey performance due to their consistent ball roll, durability, and low maintenance.

“We keep coming back to AstroTurf because there's simply no comparison among their industry peers,” said Joe Shirley, UD senior associate AD of facilities, operations and capital projects. “The University of Delaware has installed a new baseball playing surface (Bob Hannah Stadium), an indoor practice facility (Delaware Field House), and several multi-use practice fields over the past four years. Each time we get an excellent playing surface, engineered for the demands of the sport, and tailored for our specific project needs.”

UD has also recently installed AstroTurf surfaces on its football practice fields and intramural grounds. The two new surfaces will be fully integrated into the athletic campus by the end of summer.

Sports Construction Management, a certified AstroTurf distributor, is managing installation of both new fields. The schedule calls for Rullo Stadium to be completed by the end of July, and removal of the old surface at Delaware Stadium has begun with the new playing field slated to be ready before football season kicks off.

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