Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cherokee Schools add synthetic turf to new football stadium

The Cherokee Central School System in North Carolina is in the midst of constructing a multi-sport facility and has selected the high performing FieldTurf synthetic turf system for its new football stadium as well as Beynon’s innovative running track. These environmentally beneficial surfaces have contributed to Cherokee’s LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council – one of the highest possible certifications throughout the nation, denoting a sustainable and green project.

“Our synthetic turf aided us in being the only LEED-certified school east of the Mississippi River,” said Skooter McCoy, head football coach at Cherokee High School.

FieldTurf’s engineered system allows institutions like Cherokee to obtain LEED certification points due to its content being made of recycled materials and its water-saving technology which can save billions of gallons of clean potable water over its lifespan.

“Our school is surrounded by two native natural parks and they were very positive about our project," McCoy said. "We couldn’t be happier about our track and football field.”

By selecting these two premium products, Cherokee will also be providing its students with the safest and most durable sports surfaces available for athletes of all levels, McCoy said.

“I did a lot of research and was amazed by all the high profile fields and tracks Tarkett Sports had completed,” he said. “I studied all aspects of synthetic turf, from its cost-benefit scenario to its safety for athletes, and there was no doubt that FieldTurf was the best choice for our football players.”

FieldTurf’s patented synthetic turf system is engineered with silica sand and cryogenic rubber – the same system used by numerous college and professional sports teams. The artificial turf offers a perfectly balanced ground which optimizes shock absorption to reduce serious head and body injuries, while providing a firm surface to maximize athletic performance.