San Francisco Fútbol Club players, the professional football team located in La Chorrera, Panama, got a home turf upgrade, with the recent FIFA Certified synthetic turf installation at Estadio Agustín Muquita Sánchez in Panama.
The pitch is the first in the country certified to FIFA Quality Pro, the highest ranking for artificial football turf. With the certification, the professional training grounds meet top criteria in quality and sports performance as one of the region’s finest playing surfaces.
Estadio Muquita Sánchez is central to the Panama sports community, hosting both professional and local club matches, including highly ranked professional San Francisco F.C. The team has won nine championships in the top tier Liga Panameña de Fútbol (Panamanian Football League), the third highest total of any team since 1988.
The new sports turf, called Xtreme Turf DX, was manufactured by Act Global at their USA facility under ISO 9001 quality standards. Featuring an exclusive monofilament yarn blend, the DX system lends an ideal balance of performance, durability and player comfort to meet the needs of this elite sporting facility.
Guillaume Loubersac, technical director for Act Global, said the company is dedicated to constant research, testing and product development to ensure their playing surfaces deliver top performance. And as a FIFA Preferred Producer for Football Turf, Act Global’s Xtreme Turf systems are expertly designed to meet the particular needs of the sport and its players.
“We continue to see demand grow for better performing artificial sports turf, as buyers recognize that higher quality products produce longer lasting fields, with better performance and safety,” said Loubersac. “Through our commitment to the best synthetic turf technology, combined with trusted partners, we can deliver the best playing surfaces to players around the world.”
The pitch was completed with regional partner Tecnología Sintética Deportiva (TSD, S.A), a leading synthetic turf installer in Panama. TSD performed all site construction and installation, including removal of existing turf, leveling of the base, installation of the turf, and finishing the pitch with infill.
Labosport, a FIFA-accredited testing laboratory, completed final on-site evaluation to verify pitch performance. Measurements were recorded against natural grass benchmarks for shock absorption, pitch consistency, traction, ball behavior and more. The football pitch passed on all measures to achieve FIFA Quality Pro Certification.