This week marks the final stages of installation of Shaw Sport Turf’s Momentum system at Satsuma High School, located in Satsuma, Ala.
Momentum is a high-performance synthetic turf system designed with slit film technology. In addition to its durability and performance benefits, Momentum’s fiber construction results in an umbrella effect that helps hold infill and reduce overall fly-out, Shaw Sports says.
“This stadium and the Shaw Sports Turf playing surface will be a point of pride for the Satsuma community, indicating a new, progressive era for school system,” says Steve Cochran, Satsuma High School assistant principal and athletic director.
The old stadium was constructed by community volunteers, students and staff from 1958 to 1960. The Satsuma City School System was formed as an independent school district in 2012, with 2012-2013 being the first academic year.
Cochran says he decided to utilize synthetic turf on the new playing surface because changing the field from an east-west orientation to a north-south orientation and adding a track resulted in the loss of practice field space. With Shaw Sports Turf’s Momentum surface, the field will have the durability to be used not just for games but for football practice, soccer practice and marching band practice as well.
Satsuma High School will also hold graduation ceremonies on the playing surface.
Construction began in November 2015 and is anticipated to be complete by August 1. After a dedication ceremony early in the month, the first competition on the field will be a home football game on August 19.
First Team Construction, based in Auburn, Ala., is handling construction.
“This project is truly about community,” says Wynn Vinson, territory manager with Shaw Sports Turf. “The athletic program at Satsuma High School will benefit for years to come, and it is exciting that the community could watch the project unfold online.”
To watch the slideshow of Satsuma High School’s Shaw Sports Turf installation from start to finish, click here.