You are bidding on a full-sized, unlined AstroTurf athletic field with AstroBase.
This field was installed in December 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The field hosted the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championship Bowl games, the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, as well as numerous other events and practices. The field was a temporary installation and is currently being removed.
Hundreds of athletes, coaches, fans, and industry professionals have said, unequivocally, that this is the best field they've ever seen or played on.
The field is now available for a team or facility seeking the benefits of a synthetic turf field. The field is unlined and can be configured for football, soccer, and other sports. The field surface is approximately 81,900 square feet. The price of this auction does not reflect site work costs.
It marks the first time a full-sized athletic field has been installed using AstroBase. The AstroBase system at The Home Depot Center consisted of 15,000 interlocking base panels. The panels are structural and provide all the benefits of a shock pad and drainage system.
The field surface is the all-new AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 Extreme. The field combines a monofilament Horseshoe fiber with a slit film product. The Horseshoe fiber has an Omega-shape, which is more resilient and bounces back, staying upright longer. It also reflects less light and heat. The slit film offers the ultimate in durability.
The field has a face weight of 60 ounces of fiber per square yard, the highest in the industry. This adds to the durability provided by the fiber shape.
In extensive testing, AstroTurf GameDay Grass systems perform most like natural grass from ball roll, to slide resistance, to the biomechanical function of cleats penetrating and releasing properly. A study at Michigan State University, funded by NFL Charities, found that AstroTurf GameDay Grass systems looked and performed more like natural grass than any other synthetic product measured, also making it the safest option.
The field features AstroFlect heat reduction technology, which can lower surface temperatures by as much as 18%.
The field also has RootZone, a thatch layer which holds the sand and rubber infill in place for less splash and migration, making for a more consistent playing surface.
The AstroTurf infill is a manufacturer’s blend of silica sand and ambient rubber.
Here’s what a number of collegiate players and former NFL coaches and players had to say about the surface:
TOM FLORES – OAKLAND RAIDERS
Flores was most impressed with the fact that with this field, games are decided on the field and not by the field.
“I think the biggest impression has been that there has been no impression. I’ve asked individual players and they’ve all said it’s great. They’ve never experienced playing on turf like this and they’ve all played on some kind of artificial surface.”
In comparing this AstroTurf field to other synthetic turf fields, Flores said, “It’s not even close.”
DICK VERMEIL – RAMS, CHIEFS, EAGLES
“I’ve been very impressed. I haven’t seen one football player slip and that’s impressive in itself. The surface seems to be very close to a natural grass field. The players have been very positive about it, as well.”
DARRELL GREEN – DB – HOF – WASHINGTON REDSKINS
“AstroTurf is more than just a word. It’s more than just a field to play on. Our kids can feel good about the fact that a lot has gone into developing this surface. This is something that’s been well thought through. It has technology behind it. It gives the kids a chance to come out there and be wide open and have fun, yet a greater chance to walk off the field on two feet. It’s important, particularly for a player like me, who played 20 years in some tough conditions throughout the league, to see now that the technology has surpassed what I’ve ever known and the results are there. I think the NFLPA and AstroTurf have done something special here.
WILL SHIELDS – OL - CHIEFS
“I think it’s really cool. It’s a fast turf.”
Shields also discussed safety and other issues, and said, “Safety affects a lot, for the simple fact you can stop worrying about your knees and joints and everything else. It’s nice to know AstroTurf is working to make it even better for players. It also makes upkeep a lot easier and there’s no worrying about emissions. Teams are very fortunate to be able to put this kind of surface in.”
RAY CROCKETT – DB - BRONCOS
“Actually, it’s outstanding! I wish I would have been able to play another three or four years on a surface like this, I might have gotten 18 years in.”
Regarding the safety of the field and a pro career, Crockett said, “What you play on saves your life. On this field, you feel secure.”
JACORY HARRIS – QB – UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
“This new AstroTurf surface is unreal! It’s better than regular turf. You can plant, you can cut, you can do whatever you want on this surface. It’s been great for us. The field is just amazing and it definitely helps with performance and safety.”
DELANO HARRIS – LB – BOWIE STATE
“It’s smooth, it’s balanced, and the cuts are great. You become very explosive and that’s important, especially for a linebacker. It’s really important. I know the scouts are checking on cuts and to see how explosive you are. With this field it’s just a blessing because it gives you a chance to pick up your speed when you might not be as fast as the next guy. You’ll never be able to tell on a field like this, a surface like this. It’s been a blessing to have AstroTurf as a part of this.”
EDDIE WHITLEY – WR – VIRGINIA TECH
“It’s something else. Your cuts are great and you don’t have to worry about impact on the ground. It feels like I can go out there and just have fun. I can just go all out and have a good time.”
DA’JON MCKNIGHT – WR – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
“It’s smooth, fast, and easy to cut.”
JASON BARNES – WR – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
“The AstroTurf feels great. It’s great for receivers making cuts and getting in and out of cuts.”
For more information on the field, call Todd Britton or Matthew Boggs at 800-723-8873.
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