Synthetic turf comes to MUSD high schools in time for football season | News
With help from an athletic improvement bond, both Marana High School and Mountain View High School have artificial turf for their football fields, just in time for football season.
According to a Marana Unified School District news release, the new turf is state-of-the-art and safe synthetic turf. One of the new fields will be shown off at the first Varsity football game of the season between Marana High School and Mountain View High School, on August 29 at 7 p.m.
The installation of the new turf, provided by Field Turf, began back in May 2013. Field Turf has installed artificial turf on more than 7,000 athletic fields in schools, for the National Football League and at universities, including the U of A. The fields are expected to be complete by August 23.
Both fields are safe, durable and boast school colors in the end zones and logos in the middle of the field. The benefit of replacing traditional grass fields with synthetic turf is that artificial grass does not require much in way of upkeep. No need to water, re-seed or fertilize, in addition to not having to paint the field weekly and mow. This new turf provides the district a savings of $900,000 every seven years, according the MUSD news release.
According to Field Turf the artificial turf is “fiber, backing, and infill. Turf fibers are responsible for comfort and safety of the player, durability, a natural, grass-like look with soft and pleasing feel and resilience. The fibers should reduce skin friction, abrasion and offer superior durability, high resilience and temperature stability. The infill system is the single most important aspect of all synthetic turf fields. It is the basis for the safety of the turf system by providing the appropriate cushioning to absorb impact as well as being the foundation to a field’s performance level by offering traction for players to cut, plant and release just like they would on natural grass.”
Officials with the MUSD are thanking the community for the support of the artificial turf, and they hope the community can enjoy the new athletic areas.
This turf is just a portion of the MUSD bond projects the district has implemented. The district has resurfaced tennis courts and track fields, constructed new baseball/softball windscreens, conducted gym floor renovations, as well as added new bleachers and scoreboards, and several more projects.
To find out more on Marana bond projects go to www.maranausd.org/bond.
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