Xavier Nears Completion of Soccer Complex Renovation
CINCINNATI – Xavier University is in the final stages of a complete renovation of its soccer complex, which should be finished for the start of team practices in early August. The major part of the project is the installation of FieldTurf, which boasts the latest technology in artificial surface systems, that will replace the natural grass surface.
Mike Bobinski, Xavier Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, said the installation of the new turf will bring a long list of benefits, not the least of which is bringing the Musketeers back on campus for practices. “I am excited for our student-athletes, first and foremost, because it will not only give them an on-campus place to practice but also a first class venue for their games and a safer venue for both.”
Xavier University researched a number of different turf options but decided on FieldTurf because of its excellent track record, according to Bobinski. “It was the best choice for us based on its number of FIFA recommended fields, its safety record and the overall footing and stability characteristics.”
As part of the reconstruction process, Bobinski pointed out that XU was able to lengthen and widen the field. In addition, he said the installation of the durable new surface could help expand the use of the Xavier University Soccer Complex to other events, including outside high school and club soccer events as well as intramural contests for the Xavier students.
FieldTurf was the originator of artificial surface systems which replicate the playing surfaces of natural grass, provide increased player comfort and safety, and offer field managers lower maintenance costs and extended usage opportunities. Unlike conventional artificial turf, FieldTurf uses a taller and more grass-like fiber to replicate the look, fell and playing characteristics of grass. These fibers have a proven track record of durability and yet they are soft with a very low abrasion index so an athlete won’t get turf burn when they slide on the surface. The fibers are supported with FieldTurf’s patented infill, which is a combination of cryogenic rubber (ground up Nike Tennis shoes and Recycled Tire rubber) and silica sand.
FieldTurf’s recent high profile projects include Giants Stadium, the Georgia Dome, the University of Michigan’s Michigan Stadium and the University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. The company has completed projects all over the world, from the heat of Bahrain to the cold of Russia. “We’re proud of all of our 700 fields around the world,” said FieldTurf CEO John Gilman. Gilman pointed out that they have been able to install first class pitches in areas that previously seemed unlikely spots.
The Xavier women’s soccer team opens its home regular season schedule on the new field on Friday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. against Miami (Ohio), while the men’s team opens its regular season home schedule on Sunday, September 14 against Cleveland State at 3:00 p.m.