Perennial Football Powerhouse Chooses AstroTurf

ALLIANCE, Ohio — When the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders began searching for a new company to upgrade its practice field to artificial turf, they turned to the leading innovator in the industry – AstroTurf.

With Mount Union’s tradition of excellence on the football field, it was only fitting the artificial turf they practice on meets similar, stringent criteria of excellence. Mount Union had used the same company for two generations of synthetic turf, but after searching through all options, the university chose the RootZone 3DSF by AstroTurf®.

AstroTurf 3DSF utilizes a slit film fiber that is the workhorse of the synthetic turf industry.  It has good aesthetics and is best for facilities that will experience extremely heavy use.  It is highlighted by AstroTurf’s patented RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes infill and improves shock absorbency.

“We searched to find a company who not only provided the highest quality turf systems but also for a strong partner whose values parallel a championship program”  Blaine Lewis, Director of Mount Union’s Physical Plant.

The project is vital to Mount Union as it will provide an all-sports practice facility for all Mount Union students. As part of the 116,000-square-foot project, the field will be lined for football and soccer but will be used by all of Mount Union’s Athletic Programs.  Next to the field will be a special area lined with extra markings for players to conduct drills and participate in small group sessions.  The on-campus field is next to Mount Union Stadium, which was built in 1913 and has the title of the oldest college football stadium in Ohio.

The Mount Union football team is a juggernaut, having won 13 Division III National Championships and 28 Ohio Athletic Conference titles. From 1992 through 2015, the Purple Raiders won an astounding 24 straight conference titles. Mount Union holds the NCAA football record for consecutive victories with 55. That amazing run was set from 2000 to 2003.

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