COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 11, 2013 - Today AstroTurf®, an industry leader for synthetic field hockey playing surfaces in the United States and around the world, signed a partnership to be the Official Turf Provider for USA Field Hockey through 2016. The multi-year agreement will also make AstroTurf® the presenting sponsor of college coach hospitality at all USA Field Hockey national events.
“We are working with USA Field Hockey coaches, players and staff to develop more interest in the middle school, high school and private school sectors to expose more athletes to field hockey at an earlier age,” said Andy Belles, Brand Manager for AstroTurf®. “New products on the forefront will help with managing and utilizing water more efficiently and portable surfaces that don’t sacrifice the quality of play are soon to be launched. Our goal in the United States is to help grow the game of field hockey and we could not be more pleased to be the official turf providers of USA Field Hockey.”
“We are delighted to formalize a partnership with AstroTurf®, which is an outstanding company producing a field hockey surface that is undoubtedly the best in the world,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director for USA Field Hockey. “We recognize the direct link between a high quality playing surface and high quality hockey and will work with AstroTurf® to encourage more pitches to be laid.”
AstroTurf® is the inventor of synthetic turf and is one of the most iconic brands in American sports. AstroTurf® was first used in an international field hockey event in 1975 in Montreal. AstroTurf® surfaces were used in the 1975, 1996 and 2008 Olympic Games as well as numerous other international events including Pan American Games and World Cups. AstroTurf® surfaces are utilized by many top collegiate field hockey programs, including, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia and Old Dominion University. It was the surface used for the 2012 NCAA Division I Championship.
The U.S. Women’s National Team trains and competes on AstroTurf® at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. and Virginia Beach, Va.
Over the last 40 years, AstroTurf® has installed over 160,000,000 feet square of synthetic turf worldwide. AstroTurf® hockey pitches are made of a short-pile, knitted nylon product which conforms the sport’s need for high degrees of planarity, extremely tight tolerances, and sophisticated drainage systems. AstroTurf® pitches provide uniform traction and consistent footing. The fibers are UV-resistant, have a low-glare surface, and reduce the need for watering and maintenance costs.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies, leveraging the industry’s first vertically integrated manufacturing system. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.
About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 22,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. USA Field Hockey’s Men’s and Women’s National Team strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usafieldhockey.com.