SBJ/October 11 - 17, 1999/No Topic Name

Giants turf tray decision boosts maker

Chris Scott has been rewarded for five years of unwavering faith.

When the former sport agent turned entrepreneur saw the prototype of a portable grass athletic field in 1994, he was immediately convinced he could develop it into a successful commercial product.

He was proved right late last month when the New York Giants, New York Jets and New York/New Jersey MetroStars voted to install his field in Giants Stadium by the 2000 football and soccer seasons.

"I have lived and breathed this thing for five years," said Scott, president of GreenTech Inc. "I stopped everything else I was doing to get this thing off the ground."

Giants Stadium is the first big installation for Scott's system of interlocking grass-filled plastic trays.

The cost of installing the field is estimated to be about $4 million, although negotiations are not complete, said John Samerjun, spokesman for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns Giants Stadium.

"I'm assuming it will be months before there is an agreement and the operations and scheduling of events has been worked out," he said.

The teams are buying just over 14,000 trays, or enough to build 2.2 football fields. It costs $1 million and $500,000 in maintenance for one field, and the sports authority and teams also will buy a heating and cooling system.

Giants Stadium is not Scott's first field. He installed his tray system in the new Millennium Stadium in Wales, where the 1999 Rugby World Cup is being played.

GreenTech system is unique because it allows the worn areas of the field to be replaced quickly with trays of fresh grass. The waffle-like pattern on the bottom of the 46-inch square trays serves as channels for forced air that can be used to heat or cool the field. A vacuum also can be created under the field to accelerate drainage during heavy downpours.

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