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SBD/Issue 100/Facilities & Venues
AstroTurf Signs Deal As MLB's Official Synthetic Turf Provider
Published February 5, 2010
|MLB Properties And AstroTurf Ink
Three-Year Licensing Deal
STRIP SEARCH: AstroTurf's rolling strips, held together with Velcro seams, will replace a five-year-old FieldTurf pallet system in Toronto. The Jays had issues with installing and removing the 1,398 trays of turf during field conversions, said Rogers Centre VP/Building Services Kelly Keyes. The new setup also cuts the conversion time in half. "Most of the other multipurpose buildings have gone away and there are obviously not too many people [using artificial turf]," she said. "MLB came to us and said they had the perfect solution for us to get a new field. Otherwise, it wouldn't have happened so fast." The Jays do have some out-of-pocket costs. They have to buy new equipment to install the artificial surface for baseball and remove it for motorsports, ice shows, U2 and Bon Jovi concerts in July, and two other summer concerts that have not been announced, Keyes said. The club also has to buy a separate AstroTurf surface for football. There are a few common panels used for both sports, but three-quarters of the field are unique to the football setup, Keyes said. This year, Rogers Centre plays host to 10 CFL Argonauts games and two Bills games.