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Hellas installs new synthetic turf at the Indianapolis Colts’ practice center

April 24, 2024
Photo: Hellas

Photo: Hellas Construction

The Indianapolis Colts will kick off the 2024 NFL season on a new synthetic turf system that has environmentally friendly organic infill and a shock pad designed with safety in mind. Hellas Construction, which is the largest vertically integrated sports contractor in America, has successfully installed a Matrix Helix monofilament 120-yard synthetic field at the Colts’ Indiana Farm Bureau Practice Center.

Hellas, which is the Official Turf Partner of the Indianapolis Colts, has prior experience working with 13 other NFL teams installing the same Matrix Helix turf system across the league. Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts have played home games since 2008, is also getting a Matrix Helix turf synthetic system later this summer.

According to the company, Matrix Helix turf offers several key strengths, including optimal cleat interaction, stable footing and excellent shock absorption. The innovative shape memory technology of Helix involves curled monofilament fibers that securely hold the infill in place, preventing migration and splash-out.

Photo: Hellas Construction

Photo: Hellas Construction

In addition to the Matrix Helix turf installation, Hellas crews implemented the Cushdrain shock pad. This elastic layer, paved over a laser-graded drainstone foundation, ensures a level playing surface that maintains its integrity through multiple life cycles. According to Hellas, the Cushdrain pad significantly reduces the risk of athlete injuries caused by hard impacts on the surface. The Colts chose the Geo Coolfill infill, which is 100 percent organic and boasts optimal energy restitution and superior foot control. The outdoor facilities will further benefit from the Geo Coolfill material, as it reduces field surface temperatures by up to 40 degrees.

“Hellas is committed to providing the highest quality turf system, including the Cushdrain pad and organic infill, to ensure the safest playing surface for athletes at the highest level,” Hellas President and CEO Reed J. Seaton said. “When renovations were needed for the Colts’ indoor practice facility, Hellas crews successfully completed the installation process in less than four weeks.”

The same Matrix Helix turf system with Cushdrain pad and Geo Coolfill infill will be installed at Lucas Oil Stadium this summer.

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