SCM’s Astroturf Synthetic Turf Band Practice field at USC

SCM’s new Astroturf synthetic turf band practice field at the University of South Carolina is looking fantastic. The new field is a great addition for the USC Band and will be providing years of practice field durability for marching band use and all aspects of band field practice.

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Information on the University of South Carolina Band from USC.edu:

Carolina Band

The 360-member “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” performs in front of tens of thousands of Gamecock fans each week and is the largest and most visible student organization on campus. Members benefit from being part of a dynamic, dedicated, and supportive group of students and staff with common interests. Carolina Band members come from across the country, across the university, and most members are not music majors. All members of the Carolina Band receive a scholarship for marching in the band.


The Carolina Band Drumline is an elite and integral musical component of the Carolina Band that exemplifies the musicianship, spirit and intensity of the Carolina Band. Members are selected through a highly competitive audition process in the spring before each football season.


The Carolina Colorguard is an elite and integral visual component of the Carolina Band that exemplifies the spirit and intensity of the Carolina Band. The Carolina Colorguard rehearses daily throughout the fall season, and members are selected through a competitive audition process in the spring before each football season.


The 18-member Carolina Coquettes dance team is an elite and integral visual component of the Carolina Band and a prominent organization on the USC campus. The Carolina Coquettes rehearse daily throughout the fall season and members are selected through a highly competitive audition process in the spring before each football season.

Feature Twirlers

The Carolina Band Feature Twirlers have a long-standing tradition of excellence that continues to flourish today. Feature Twirlers at USC represent some of the most decorated twirlers in the country and are selected through a competitive audition process. Carolina Band Feature Twirlers receive a scholarship for performing with the Carolina Band, pending acceptance into a degree program at USC.

Concocktion Basketball Pep Band

The Concocktion Basketball Band cheers on the men’s and women’s basketball teams and frequently performs for other events on the USC campus and in the community. Get courtside seats for every home game and travel to SEC and NCAA post-season tournaments!



Central HS’s Artificial Turf Football Field Installation (GA)


Sports Construction Management’s Astroturf synthetic turf installation at Central High School in Carrollton, GA is complete and the field is looking fantastic under the lights. Congratulations to Central High School and Lions!

About SCM:

Sports Construction Management (SCM) is a leader in athletic field construction. The company offers a full range of synthetic turf field construction and installation services including general contracting, design consultation, project management, project estimating and budgeting, field base and drainage construction, artificial surface installation, renovations, conversions, and third party warranties. Satisfied clients can be found at the high school and collegiate levels, among professional sports teams, and with private and municipal sports complex projects. SCM’s portfolio includes over 400 synthetic turf systems throughout the United States, supporting athletic activity across football, baseball, soccer, softball, field hockey, lacrosse and more. The company’s service offerings extend to multi-purpose sport fields, custom applications and natural grass installations. To learn more, visit www.sportsconstructionmanagement.com or call 866-214-5206.


The Collegiate School Artificial Turf Replacement (VA)


SCM’s Collegiate School Artificial Turf Replacement Complete!

And what an absolutely beautiful Astroturf 3D352 turf system for Grover Jones Field.

Congratulations and go Cougars!

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About The Collegiate School Athletics from Collegiate-VA.org:

With passionate and professional coaches, committed and knowledgeable sports performance and athletic training staffs, we encourage our 7th-12th Grade students to participate in sports from Middle School through Upper School to provide a well-rounded experience that fosters a lifetime of healthy habits. Our outstanding facilities on both our Mooreland Road and Robins Campuses offer opportunities for our students to gain skills and experiences that will enable them to develop their full potential as athletes, competitors, teammates and individuals. As members of our program, athletes learn the importance of hardwork, working together toward a unified goal, making decisions and accountability. It is our hope that students take with them a lifelong love of physical activity, a true sense of fair play and the joy of competitive effort, regardless of outcome.


Artificial Turf Football & Soccer @ Kearney HS – Nebraska


Sports Construction Management’s Mid America install at Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska is well underway! The field is looking great with Astroturf’s outstanding Q52 synthetic turf product! The field utilizes Astroturf’s out standing Q52 product that will provide outstanding play an durability for years to come.


More nformation from the Kearney Hub

KEARNEY — Today the Kearney High Bearcats call “Home” Harvey Park, Baldwin Park, Harmon Park, Foster Field and Cushing Coliseum.

Only the volleyball, basketball, wrestling and track and field teams can actually call Kearney High “Home.”

That will start to change with the completion of the new school building in 2016.

“It will allow us to bring several activities back to campus,” Kearney Public Schools Superintendent Brian Maher said. “For example, swimming will be on campus versus going to UNK. Softball might be on campus instead of driving across town. … Soccer is another sport we’ll be able to bring back to campus, at least for practices. We’re not sure on the games yet, but at least for practices.”

Keeping practices on campus will decrease the risk of accidents, reducing the amount of time the students are traveling from place to place. To go along with the safety factor, Maher said having practice fields and venues on campus increases the students’ efficiency.

“From a practical standpoint, if you’re not at home, you’re losing time. … It would be nice to walk out the school doors and be at your practice facility or walk down the hallway to your practice or competition facility. From a practical standpoint, it would be real nice to have everything right there,” he said.

Kearney voters approved the $68-million bond issue for a new school in September. Ground breaking is scheduled for May on the 138-acre site at 11th Street and 30th Ave. in southwest Kearney.

It’s a big plot of ground, but Kearney High officials have big plans for academics and athletics.

“We have the ability to keep everything on our campus,” KHS Athletics Director Mitch Stine said. “And we have a place to call home. We can create that home-field advantage, that home-court advantage and showcase this facility to the community.”

Included in the bond issue were two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, a wrestling room, a football/track stadium and practice fields. There is room for additional practice fields as well as softball and baseball diamonds and tennis courts.

Plans for the indoor venues — swimming pool, wrestling room and the gymnasiums — “are starting to firm up. Our board will approve a schematic design (Monday),” Maher said. “There’s still plenty of room to change things, particularly in the outside areas.”

Coaches, supporters and the administration have had several meetings, talked to other schools that have had recent construction projects and presented their hopes and dreams to the architects, Stine said. He challenged the coaches to “dream big” and put down every idea they could.

“We’ve done our homework. . … We’ve grabbed every idea we could and discussed it to see if it makes sense to Kearney High School. So the bottom line is that our coaches are really excited, our sponsors are really excited and we’re going to build a great facility for our community and for our kids,” Stine said.

An additional football field and track

Walk across Joe Greeno Field on a spring afternoon with your head down and you will run a high risk of getting knocked down. Runners and jumpers from the Kearney High and Horizon Middle School track teams weave in and out of traffic throughout their practice sessions on the field just north of Horizon Middle School and to the west of Kearney High.

While not used for varsity football games, Joe Greeno Field, which has bleacher seating for just under 600, serves the needs for junior varsity and sophomore football, as well as varsity practice, and it’s regarded as one of the best track and field facilities in the state.

Plans call for a similar facility immediately adjacent to the new high school with an 8-lane “high-quality competition track” that will be used for varsity meets. The track will surround an artificial turf football field used for practices and non-varsity competition. They will be sheltered from wind on the north and west sides by the two-story school building.

“The stadium will be such that if we want to have that be our home for varsity contests, all the planning will be done. All we will need to do is put in more bleachers and lights and we’ll be able to host varsity contests there,” Maher said.

The additional bleachers and lights are not in the budget. Current plans are for bleachers between the school building and the track seating about 750.

Kearney High plays its varsity football games at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s 6,000-seat Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

The additional football/track facility will alleviate the congestion at Joe Greeno Field, which as been shared by Kearney High and Horizon Middle School since the middle school construction began in 1969.

“We’re adding facility space for our kids. We’re not going to have that issue of safety or numbers in the way. It’s really a win-win. … We’re keeping a nice facility here for our middle school kids and we’re building a premier one for our high school kids,” Stine said.

Baseball in the future?

Published drawings for the new school have indicated four tennis courts, four football/soccer practice fields, a softball diamond and a baseball diamond. Of those, Maher said, only two practice fields are in the current budget plans.

“We would like to get to a minimum of three, if not four of those,” Maher said. “I would like to have two areas — one for boys soccer, one for girls soccer — and one for throwing the discus. … Why four? Overflow, or freshman football.”

For tennis, softball and baseball, Maher said, outside financing will be required.

“We’ve been in talks with the city from way prior to the bond on how can we help each other. What does the city need? What are the school’s needs? And how can we complement each other in providing space?” he said. “The City’s needs are softball space, baseball space and soccer space. Our needs are softball space and soccer space.”

Maher has also had discussions with UNK, which has needs for more athletic space as well.

“Maybe there’s a use there that will benefit UNK, KPS and the city of Kearney, but we’re still in the early stages of those conversations,” Maher said.

Adding practice fields requires a minimum of construction, but suitable fields would require leveling and sod. Architects estimate the cost would be $50,000-60,000 per field.

A softball or a baseball complex would be much more expensive and KHS doesn’t field a baseball team.

“Will we ever need baseball space? I suspect we will,” Maher said. “We’re one of only two Class A schools that doesn’t have baseball. If I had to project into the future, my guess is at some point in time Kearney will have baseball at Kearney High School. I’m not making any predictions here, but that’s my best guess.”

More space = stronger development

The current Kearney High gym, built in 1961, seats 1,800 and has space for two practice courts running cross-ways when the bleachers are pushed back.

The “North Gym,” built in 1988, also has room for two practice floors.

Plans for the new gyms expand the practice space from four courts to five. The main gym include space for three 94-foot courts. The auxiliary gym has room for two 84-foot courts.

“That will give them more courts, more baskets, more opportunities for player development,” Maher said.

Plans also call for expanding the wrestling room and strength and conditioning areas.

“Again, in terms of player development, that’s a plus,” Maher said.

The seating capacity in the main gym will increase to 2,000.

Maher envisions the new gym will be very similar to Lincoln Southeast’s Prasch Auditorium, complete with a walkway around the top. Fans will enter the gym from the walkway level and proceed down to the stands. The walkway will provide standing-room viewing “for those nervous parents,” Maher said.

Compared to some gyms in the area, the proposed Kearney High gymnasium would be smaller than the gym at Hastings, which seats 3,013, and Grand Island (2,800) but comparable to Lexington (2,100). The Holdrege gym, which seats 1,740, is limited by stage seating on one side.

“I think the smaller, intimate feel provides a better atmosphere,” Stine said. “I’ve been in G.I. I’ve been in Hastings. And with all due respect to what they’ve built, it does feel empty at times. I think the facility we’re building will provide a better game-night atmosphere.”

Maher said, “The bigger it gets, the more it costs, but you don’t want to build it small and look silly when you open. … I don’t want to overbuild it so we can say, ‘Look how big our gym is.’ I want it to be appropriately sized. I think 2,000 seats will be plenty for the events we will bring into it.”

Kearney will want to bring in outside events, including district and subdistrict games in volleyball and basketball.

“We now have the ability to host larger crowds. That’s an advantage in itself. … We can attract some state-level competition or district-level competition. We’ll be a able to host more stuff for the NSAA that brings in revenue for our school, for our district and for our individual clubs and activities,” Stine said.

Pool time

In September, voters also approved an addition $7.4-million bond for construction of a swimming pool as part of the high school.

The pool plans include bleacher seating for 300-500 spectators. Today, members of the swim team coordinate practices with UNK and the YMCA, usually in pre-dawn hours.

Having a place to practice within normal extra-curricular hours has been cheered by the swimming program.

Sharing facilities with the UNK swim team has had its challenges. In December, Kearney High canceled a meet at UNK’s aging Cushing Coliseum pool because of water quality.

“We’re looking forward to the likelihood we will be able to swim in … a good facility and have seating for our fans,” Maher said. “When I look 2½ years down the road I see a far better swimming facility than what we currently have.”



Synthetic Turf Football Lacrosse Field at Norfolk Academy

SCM’s new Astroturf multi-sport synthetic turf field at Norfolk Academy was looking great on a recent field visit. The field’s turf  surface is Astroturf 3D3 52, an outstanding synthetic turf product selection for the football and mens lacrosse field for unsurpassed athletic play and long lasting field durability.


More on Norfolk Academy from NorfolkAcademy.org

Life-shaping scholarship in time.Since our 1728 founding, Norfolk Academy has existed for the transformative education and edification of children (and families) in Hampton Roads. As Virginia’s oldest independent school, we carry that historic mission into today, even as we constantly reevaluate and improve upon our purpose, our performance, and the lasting effect we have on our students and our region.

Trusted and reciprocally empowering relationships form the bedrock of the Norfolk Academy experience. The inspiring relationships we forge with one another underlie our college-prep curriculum, our innovative programming, and our time-honored traditions.

No exciting discovery, no personal breakthrough, no learning epiphany occurs at the Academy without the heartfelt, inspiring, and perspective-shifting relationships that students purposefully build with one another and with their teachers—who also serve as trusted coaches and wise advisors.

The relationships we begin building in grade one—and that grow in ardor and complexity all the way through grade 12—make possible both the authentic kindness and the outsized accomplishments of our students. That’s why years after graduation, Norfolk Academy students still count their friends and teachers here as the largest influences on their entire lives.

Few schools have thrived for almost 300 years like Norfolk Academy. And it’s the clear and ringing timbre of relationships you find at Norfolk Academy that continues to demonstrate our relevance today.



Alta Loma HS – CA. Artificial Turf Football, Soccer Field.

SCM’s Astroturf artificial turf install at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamunga, Ca is simply outstanding. The field looks and play fantastic and will well serve the ALHS community for years to come. The 2016 season is complete but the field facility is always ready for play and provides long-lasting durability for football and soccer and uses.

More information from the Daily Bulletin:

The new facility includes:

• Football, soccer and track stadium with synthetic turf, track material and stadium lighting.

• 5,000 seat bleacher capacity (3000 home and 2000 visitor)

• 1,600 square feet. of concession area serving both home and visitor sides

• Home and visitor team rooms with restrooms in each

• Separate spectator restrooms accommodating specified capacities

• 1,000 square feet. of storage for track and field and other athletic equipment

• New 25 meter competitive pool facility accommodating competitive swim and polo events with stadium lighting

• 2,000 square feet. equipment building

• (2) separate single accommodation restroom facilities at pool deck level

• Built-in spectator bleachers with +/- 200 capacity and room adjacent to pool for additional portable bleachers

• Large plaza area adjacent to pool facility and stadium entrance for formal and informal gathering and events

• New junior varsity baseball fields

• New varsity softball field with dugouts, bull pens and batting cage

• New junior varsity softball practice field

-Courtesy of GO Architects, Inc.










Soquel High School – Soquel, CA

A recent visit to Soquel High School Dewey Tompkin’s field. The field is absolutely beautiful and looks absolutely incredible after Soquel Football’s season #1 on the new Astroturf artificial turf surface.

More information from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

By Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SOQUEL >> In a case of preventative medicine, Soquel High is getting a new, safer synthetic turf surface at Dewey Tompkins Field. But its installation could force the Knights’ football team to play its first home game of the season off campus.

The previous turf field, which has already been removed, failed numerous compression tests in early March. Going through the necessary protocol and paperwork to get a contract and board approval to finance the $891,000 turf and state-of-the-art subsurface prevented the school from beginning the project earlier than mid-August.

The risk of having one less football game on campus is worth it, said Santa Cruz City Schools District Superintendent Kris Munro, who is optimistic the Knights won’t miss any home games.

“Our priority is providing safe spaces for kids to learn and play,” Munro said.

The Knights open preseason with a pair of road games — Sept. 5 at Los Altos and Sept. 12 at Monterey — before hosting Menlo School on Sept. 18. Soquel athletics director Stu Walters said he hopes to secure Cabrillo College as a contingency plan in case the Knights’ field isn’t completed. The Knights next host Watsonville in their homecoming game on Sept. 25.

Soquel went from grass to synthetic turf in 2004 for $800,000. Most synthetic turf fields installed at that time carry a lifespan of 8-10 years. Sometimes the turf wears down after taking a beating from cleats and the elements. Other times, as was the case with Soquel’s field, the ground-up rubber tires spread across the field for cushioning break down and become less resilient.

“After they tested it, they told us, ‘Your field is in quite bad condition,’” said Trevor Miller, the director of facility services for SCCS. “That’s when we hit the panic button.”

Miller had been looking into new alternative bases, especially since the use of recycled tires has drawn heavy criticism for being a potential health risk. The scare was fueled by a report two years ago about a high number of cancer cases among soccer goalies.

Brock International, whose headquarters are in Boulder, Colo., conducted the testing on Soquel’s old field. It will also be laying the new turf and a one-inch pad called PowerBase for the subsurface. PowerBase is made primarily of polypropylene, a plastic used in reusable containers, cloting and rugs. It carries a 20-year warranty.

“The warranty is twice the length of the field and it could go double that,” Miller said of the pad’s expected lifespan. “It’s going to be a really nice field and it’s going to be exciting to see how long it lasts. This is going to be the standard by which all football, soccer and lacrosse fields will be measured.”

The Knights’ freshman, junior varsity and varsity football teams are practicing on the baseball field until they get their turf back.

“The kids don’t really care,” Knights football coach Brad Tompkins said. “We’re kind of treating the baseball field as kind of a summer camp up there.”

Camp can’t end soon enough, Walters said.

“It’s going to have a big ‘S’ in the middle and ‘Soquel’ and ‘Knights’ in the end zones,” Walter said. “It’s gonna look nice.”