Ball State’s field hockey facility has been upgraded with FieldTurf Hockey Speed, which replaces the previous surface.
The decision to install FieldTurf was made after an extensive evaluation of different water-based turf systems. The Hockey Speed product was designed to provide for a fast ball speed and ideal wet performance, characteristics that are important for elite-level field hockey players.
“The upgrade to the water-based FieldTurf Hockey Speed product will allow us to have a surface ideal for elite levels of play,” Ball State head field hockey coach Beth Maddox says. “Our student-athletes are excited about the new surface. This will certainly help as a recruiting tool as the field has ideal traction and speed for hockey.”
FieldTurf has a long history of installing field hockey turf systems at the highest levels, with previous generations of FieldTurf’s water-based hockey systems having been installed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, along with many top division clubs around the globe. FieldTurf’s field hockey specific installation and product expertise has led to a rapid adoption of these water-based turf systems.
The Hockey Speed system has been developed to provide the best playing characteristics of nylon “wet performance” systems, along with providing the best overall value.
“We are very thankful Ball State athletics continues to put their faith in our company and in our products,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “We are sure the new field will be a big point of pride for players, the fans and the entire administration.”
Also with the new hockey field on campus, comes a new watering system that will allow the school to keep their field moist for proper hockey performance.
The Mid-American Conference implemented a rule two years ago that for a team to host the conference tournament its field had to have a watering system. The same rule holds true for a team to play host to an NCAA Tournament game. Now, thanks to the new FieldTurf Hockey Speed field and the watering system, the Cardinals will be equipped to host tournament games.
FieldTurf is the inventor and world leader in infilled artificial turf with over 4,500 installations in North America. Hundreds of organizations worldwide play field hockey on FieldTurf surfaces. In the NFL, 22 of 32 teams have selected FieldTurf for their game and / or practice facilities while hundreds of NCAA D-1 programs play and/or practice on FieldTurf, including such powerhouse programs as Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Washington State to name a few.
FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces.