Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Synthetic Turf Soccer Complex

Featured Application: Synthetic Turf of Canada’s Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex in Wetaskiwin, Alberta was completed  in early 2014.

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This week’s featured application comes to us from Alberta, it’s worth the drive to Wetaskiwin. This is the Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.  The field was manufactured in Dalton,GA by our AquaFab department. The turf is our AT740 Trainer’s Choice over a 5MM foam padding, with velcro seams attached. The field is divided into nine separate panels.  The velcro makes the field portable, as it can be picked up and put down again and again.

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The field measures 104 feet long and 96 feet wide.  It is lined so that a divider can be place across the center line to create two smaller fields.

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Because of the portability of the field, it can be moved to different locations and used for events outside of soccer.

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Featured Synthetic Turf Install: Soccer Field in Arviat, NU

STI Winnipeg had an exciting opportunity arise when they were approached to provide the hamlet of Arviat with their new sports complex. They were looking for someone to design, draft, provide and install a synthetic turf regulation-sized soccer field and baseball diamond infield that could withstand the harsh arctic conditions. After some conversations with STI Winnipeg they realized it was going to be an easy decision to move forward on this project.

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 The seacan of turf being unloaded in Arviat, NU
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The base being prepped for the 90′ x 204′ soccer field

The team started on the baseball field first, you can read more about that in the baseball diamond blog here. The kids sat anxiously on the sides the whole time just waiting to get to play on their new field. A few of them even took matters into their own hands and helped unroll some of the final pieces of turf in the hopes they would be finished sooner. (As seen in the photos below)

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STI Nunavut in the making, such great kids STI Winnipeg got to enjoy while working.

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The kids couldn’t wait to play on their new field, so they took matters into their own hands.

The design began in late 2014 for this entire project to unfold in the summer of 2015. There were many specific details that had to be taken care of, as this is a unique location for a sports complex. The transportation of getting the synthetic turf and required installation materials to Arviat had to be synchronized with the weather conditions of the arctic. The channel the barge came through to ship the turf was only thawed enough for a 5 week window to deliver everything needed for both projects.

After a few short days, the project was already coming together looking like a field. The local kids couldn’t wait to get out there and start playing. By the time the entire project was finished, both the baseball diamond and the soccer field were filled with kids running and playing. Overall, this project was a huge success and everyone was so pleased with the outcome.

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The completed project: full size artificial turf soccer field  
 

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Featured Synthetic Turf Install: Baseball Diamond in Arviat, NU

STI Winnipeg had an exciting opportunity arise when they were approached to provide the hamlet of Arviat with their new sports complex. They were looking for someone to design, draft, provide and install a synthetic turf regulation-sized soccer field and baseball diamond infield that could withstand the harsh arctic conditions. After some conversations with STI Winnipeg they realized it was going to be an easy decision to move forward on this project.

seacan-artificial-turf-suppliesThe seacan of materials being unloaded in Arviat, NU

 

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The base being prepped for the 90′ x 204′ soccer field

The design began in late 2014 for this entire project to unfold in the summer of 2015. There were many specific details that had to be taken care of, as this is a unique location for a sports complex. The transportation of getting the synthetic turf and required installation materials to Arviat had to be synchronized with the weather conditions of the arctic. The channel the barge came through to ship the turf was only thawed enough for a 5 week window to deliver everything needed for both projects. STI Winnipeg had shipped everything up prior to landing in Arviat to begin the projects. Once STI Winnipeg and their team arrived in August 2015, they soon learned how different the conditions would be up there. The weather was much colder than everyone was used to –especially considering their usual summer conditions that most people came from of 30+ degrees and sunshine. They also learned that tools and materials are hard to come by so anything they didn’t bring, would have to be improvised during this time.

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STI Winnipeg beginning to lay out the baseball field

The team started on the baseball field first, unrolling the field coloured turf first, followed by the clay turf. It came together nicely and quickly began looking like a real baseball diamond! The kids sat anxiously on the sides the whole time just waiting to get to play on their new field. A few of them even took matters into their own hands and helped unroll some of the final pieces of turf in the hopes they would be finished sooner.

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 The baseball diamond almost fully laid out

 

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 Completed baseball diamond using Pro Ball Turf in Pine and Clay colours

Pictured above is the completed synthetic turf baseball field. The children were all so excited to be able to play finally! When our team was leaving, they estimated about 100 people were already on the field enjoying it. The hamlet of Arviat is not stopping here though, they also have a mini golf course in the works to be installed at a future date. Details on the artificial turf soccer field are coming soon so check back to see the finished fields!

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STI Delivers Turf Solution for College Football Playoff Event

STI Featured Application: STI Florida provides a full size turf field for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event in Dallas, Texas

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By now we’ve all heard the big news.  There’s a playoff in major college football.  When Oregon and Ohio State kickoff Monday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game the National Championship will finally be decided on the field.

The atmosphere in Dallas has been near Super Bowl levels for the past few weeks in anticipation of the big game, and this year, there was a considerable amount of weekend fanfare thrown into the mix.  The College Football Playoff Fan Central Event was held over the weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.  Attendees were treated to concerts, fun interactive games and the official Media Day.

And since everything is bigger in Texas, no mini field would do.  The event needed a full size field.

That’s where STI came in.

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The biggest hurdle for a project of this size, with the time constraints around the holidays, is installation.  How does one install a full size, portable field inside a convention center, only to be torn down three days later?

STI spent the better part of the month of December building the field at their manufacturing facility.  The field consists of 130 rolls, and is seamed together using a proprietary velcro system.  When the Fan Central Event ends, the field will be pulled up and used again.  Essentially, STI has created a completely full size, portable field that can be used again and again.

The field requires no infill and is installed with a performance cushion backing.

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The high water mark of the Fan Central Event was Media Day, which was held on the field Saturday morning.  Players and coaches from both teams spent several hours on the field answering questions and meeting with fans and media.

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Later in the afternoon on Saturday, the field hosted a youth football clinic, presented by USA Football, where youth players and coaches were given instruction, and the kids had chance to run around on the field.

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The field played host to marching bands from both Oregon and Ohio State on Sunday.

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STI is honored to be chosen as the turf provider for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event. Here’s hoping that the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game lives up to its billing.

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Growing Popularity of Indoor Sports Leads Customers to Synthetic Turf International

 

The world of sports continues to grow, and Synthetic Turf International has been there to support the enthusiasts outside and indoors for years.  Canada STI leads the industry with a superior range of outdoor and indoor products that are designed for the highest levels of performance and safety.  These products are designed to replicate natural reactions of ball bounce and human activities. STI’s products range from non-infill options with a performance foam backing to field products that can be filled with combinations of sand and crumb rubber to develop all of the specific requirements. Our athletic turf, The Trainer’s Choice (AT740) , Performance Choice (AT755), and Coach’s Choice (AT755E) series of products allow athletes, trainers, coaches, schools, doctors, sports teams, and many others to benefit from the performance of high end athletic fields in an indoor setting without the need for sand or rubber infill. The Sports Turf XP250 system allows for increased flexibility for firmness, ball bounce, GMAX, and other characteristics by altering types and levels of infills and underlayments.  All of the indoor and outdoor athletic systems allow for logos, graphics, and line placements in various colors of synthetic turf.

Not only does STI offer the most advanced products in the synthetic turf industry, but their installation and service is second to none.  Customers come first, and no one understands that better than STI.  Below you can find a wonderful testimonial referencing the recent installation at The Futbol Factory installed by Synthetic Turf International.

“We chose Synthetic Turf International to provide all of the turf for our indoor soccer/futbol facility.  Having the best turf for The Futbol Factory was essential for our business.  The owners of STI are professional, easy to work with, and the people who installed the turf were obviously true professionals.  Everything is absolutely perfect, the lines for the soccer fields and the look and feel of the turf.  We highly recommend Synthetic Turf International.” – Rosalie K.

Ga-Ga Pits from Synthetic Turf International

 

synthetic turf gagaWe were lucky enough to have the opportunity to donate some turf to a great cause earlier this year. Although at first when the call came from Camp Shomria looking for turf for a ga-ga pit, we all kind of went a “ga-ga what?”, but after learning more about the camp and the sport we couldn’t wait to get on bored with the project.

For those who are just as confused as we were, here’s a little background on the sport. Ga-ga is a variation of dodge ball but it is played in a walled hexagon “pit” where players run, jump, dodge, and kick a soccer or volley ball. The object is to hit your opponent below the knees without getting hit yourself. It is also known as Israeli dodge-ball, Octo-Ball and Panda Ball.

Traditionally ga-ga is played in a dirt pit or sand pit, which as you can imagine gets quite dusty.  Synthetic turf quickly became the ideal playing surface for these pits as they are under tremendous abuse from the players twisting and running in a very condensed area. On top of that you can play on the surface during any weather. No need to wait for the pit to dry out after a rain. Not to mention the safety of synthetic turf is much greater than dirt. Not only is synthetic softer to fall on but there is less chance of infection from dirt getting into scrapes and cuts.

We hear the pit at Camp Shomria was a hit and the kids loved it! It was the highlight to the end of their summer and the camp can’t wait to complete the surrounding area of the pit so that even more campers can enjoy the sport of ga-ga. This is just another example of the unexpected uses that optimize the technologies used in synthetic turf surfaces from Synthetic Turf International of Canada.

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Cleats for Synthetic Turf

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Which cleats are best to use on a synthetic turf field has been a long debated and scrutinized part of the transition from natural to synthetic. Early variations of artificial sports fields were often short and hard and cleats needed to perform on a surface with these characteristics. As synthetic sports fields become more and more realistic the gap between cleats for natural turf and synthetic turf is slowly closing; however, three cleat styles remain for use on synthetic sports fields.

Firm-Ground Cleats

Firm-ground cleats utilize a higher number of short spikes. They are able to gain traction in the turf without any contact with the sub base of synthetic turf fields. That contact is often a large complaint for players new to playing on these surfaces. Advancements in yarn fibers and infill have eliminated a lot of this contact but using a cleat designed for firm ground will help provide the most grip and comfort while playing on a synthetic surface.

Synthetic Turf Specific Cleats

This seems like an obvious answer, but how many athletes play solely on synthetic sports fields? These cleats feature wide, short and often rubberized spikes. Designed specifically with the original artificial playing surfaces in mind, they are slowly losing popularity. After all, the closer synthetic turfs get to real grass the more appropriate a firm-ground cleat becomes as it can be interchanged between artificial and natural sports fields. Synthetic turf cleats are also heavier than traditional cleats due to the additional and rubberized spikes which can be a negative to many players.

Hybrid Firm Ground/Synthetic

This cleat style is a blend of a firm-ground and synthetic turf cleat. They usually feature 20 to 25 studs and the upper design of a firm-ground cleat. Spikes are short but not as wide as a synthetic turf specific cleat. Although a great alternative to the other two cleat styles they are only now being developed so the market for them is small, especially in women and youth styles.

So the magic answer to which cleats to use on synthetic sports fields is still very much a personal preference. Whether you choose firm-ground cleats, synthetic turf cleats, or hybrid cleats each has positives and negatives. The important things to consider when making a cleat purchase for use on both synthetic and natural fields is how often you will play on the artificial field and how old the turf is. Newer turfs perform much more like natural fields and as they get closer to a natural playing surface the need for specific cleats may be a thing of the past.