July 20, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington's Maverick Stadium is getting a makeover this summer and the first component of that is almost complete with the installation of FieldTurf which is replacing an old artificial turf surface.
Maverick Stadium, home of the school's men's and women's track teams, is one of the most utilized track and field facilities in the Southwest. The stadium is also used for other university events and for football and soccer by a number of Arlington Independent School District institutions.
"We are very pleased with our decision to install FieldTurf at Maverick Stadium," Stadium Manager Tom Kloza said. "When we researched this issue, without question, FieldTurf was the most stable of all of the artificial turf companies. The technological aspects of FieldTurf , with the way they do things, were far in advance of their competitors. And the playability of FieldTurf is so far ahead of the others that this was really an easy decision."
"I am excited that FieldTurf will be installed in Maverick Stadium," UTA men's and women's head track coach John Sauerhage said. "It will be a great addition to our facility and will help in our recruiting efforts now and in the future. Our athletes are already looking forward to working out on it."
"Although FieldTurf is primarily known as a football surface, our track and field product is the finest in the industry," FieldTurf CEO Joe Fields said. "With all of the track and field events hosted by Maverick Stadium, not just through the UT Arlington men's and women's track teams, but also at the high school and track club levels, this installation will provide great exposure for our outstanding product. We know that Tom Kloza and the folks at UTA did their due diligence in selecting FieldTurf, and it is our aim to provide them with the finest state-of-the-art track surface available."
Maverick Stadium opened in 1980 and has a seating capacity of 12,000. It is not only the home of UTA men's and women's track, but it is also one of the busiest high school sports facilities in the Southwest. In addition to hosting a steady stream of high school football and soccer, Maverick Stadium is considered one of the finest track and field facilities in the region.
The stadium is the home of a significant amount of track and field competition, including high school meets, track club meets and various track camps.
More than 50 top NCAA universities currently play their home football games on FieldTurf, including Texas, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Missouri, Kansas State, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Twenty-one of the NFL's 32 teams presently utilize FieldTurf in their stadiums and/or practice facilities. In addition, MLB's Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays have FieldTurf at their respective stadiums.
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