SBJ/June 18 - 24, 2001/This Weeks Issue

Jets, Texans go with FieldTurf

The New York Jets have chosen FieldTurf as a replacement for the old AstroTurf at their two practice fields at Hofstra University on Long Island.

The Jets will be covering more than 100,000 square feet on the two fields for a cost of about $500,000. Installation of the new turf is expected to be completed in time for training camp this summer.

Montreal-based FieldTurf also announced that the company has been selected by the expansion Houston Texans to provide the surface for one of the team's three practice fields. The Texans' indoor field is expected to cover about 90,000 square feet, making the FieldTurf purchase in the $450,000 range. Work is scheduled to begin in December.

Costs for FieldTurf range from $5.25 to $5.50 a square foot, depending on installation situations such as removal of old turf and whether there is an existing base for the new turf.

FieldTurf now has more than 300 clients worldwide, including several in the NFL. The surface is being used at the practice facilities of the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.

— Steve Cameron

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