SCM’s Artificial Turf Baseball Fields Complex – Shipyard Park (SC)


SCM’s Artificial Turf Baseball Fields Complex – Shipyard Park – Charleston, South Carolina.

SCM & Astroturf are well underway at Charleston, South Carolina’s beautiful new Shipyard Park and the artificial turf baseball fields complex will be truly spectacular!

About Sports Construction Management:

SCM is a licensed general contractor specializing in turn-key synthetic turf athletic field construction. With over 400 synthetic turf field projects completed to date SCM is the Premier Sports Field Builder and provides unsurpassed build knowledge and capability and customer service second to none. To find out more about SCM’s synthetic turf sports field construction please call 866-214-5206 or visit us at

About Shipyard Park from

  • 20 acre facility surrounded by the beautiful Wando River
  • Including three youth-size fields and two collegiate-size fields
  • Riverfront walking path with pavilions throughout the park
  • Nautical themed playground for children
  • State-of-the-art indoor training facility, press boxes, scoreboards, field surfaces and covered stands
  • Fantastic concessions area run by local restauranteurs
  • Top-of-the-line AstroTurf specifically designed for baseball play, true bounces and natural speed of the game
  • Advanced technology with more fiber than fill, sand base to perform like real sports turf
  • “AstroFlect” fiber only by AstroTurf that helps cool the playing surface
  • Avoid rainouts and extend the playability along with multipurpose uses
  • 17,500 square foot climate-controlled training facility containing batting cages and an infield with two levels of viewing areas
  • Dedicated workout area
  • Facility can be configured for batting practice and drills, but also can be set up for other sports and events
  • Professional instruction from current/former college and MLB players and scouts
  • Shipyard Park offers individual, group and team instruction
  • Active and growing youth development league
  • Training to help improve strength, speed and address proper nutrition
  • Voted #1 in the US by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure
  • Charleston International Airport less than 20 miles from Shipyard Park and is served by all major carriers
  • Multiple hotels in close proximity
  • Charleston, South Carolina, was voted the second-best city in the world and the best city in America and Canada

SCM’s Artificial Turf Baseball Infield at TVA Credit Union Ballpark

SCM’s Artificial Turf Baseball Infield at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City, TN is in the news!

Boyd Sports adds synthetic turf at TVA Credit Union Ballpark

Gary B Gray • Johnson City Press

North Carolina’s Sports Construction Management’s $250,000 installation of new synthetic turf on the TVA Credit Union Ballpark infield should be finished in mid-January, well ahead of the Appalachian League champion Johnson City Cardinals’ June home opener.

Sevierville-based Boyd Sports LLC assumed management of the Johnson City Cardinals in January of this year when they inked a 10-year lease agreement with the city.

The private company, which manages the World Champion Chicago Cubs’ AA affiliate Tennessee Smokies, began by securing a four-year sponsorship commitment from Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union. It also agreed to make more than $350,000 in improvements, including a new artificial turf infield, improved training room, new group sales pavilion, improved and expanded concessions and other improvements.

Boyd Sports owner and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd have kept their word. The same can be said for Boyd Sports President Chris Allen.

“We’re beginning to finish the concrete curbing,” Sports Construction Superintendent Derrick Tucker said Wednesday from the somewhat soggy field. “The infield is the only area where the synthetic turf will be placed, and we excavated it down about seven inches below grade (the rest of the field). “We are laying a woven ‘membrane’ down, and crushed rock will go on top of that. The turf will be stretched over another layer of material going down, and we will fold the edges over the curbing so it meets flush with the outfield grass.”

Cardinals General Manager Tyler Parsons said Science Hill High School will begin practice at the ballpark sometime in late January or early February. The Cardinals’ home opener is June 22.

“I think the work on the synthetic turf is going great,” Parsons said. “I was out there this morning, and they’re doing an awesome job. We’re looking at a Jan. 16 completion date, and installation of the turf should save about $15,000 a year in maintenance costs.”

Boyd Sports’ construction of a new 250-seat “Perch” increased the amount of money fans spent at Cardinals games, attracted a younger crowd and drew people who normally would not have come if it weren’t for the new amenity.

The new two-level beer garden built behind the left-field line in advance of the Cardinals’ June 26 home opener officially is called The Perch presented by Bill Gatton Mazda-Acura. The new amenity also likely helped the Cardinals break an all-time attendance record this past season at 53,434.

In May, as players began to arrive in Johnson City, a newly refurbished locker room was finished, complete with new couches, carpet, chairs, counters and other amenities. Parsons called it “one of the nicest locker room facilities in the Appalachian League.”

The City Commission’s agreement with Boyd Sports calls for the city to cover utility costs at baseball games only. The company reimburses the city for utility costs at events it hosts outside the realm of Cardinals baseball. The agreement also requires the city to pay for lighting upgrades at an estimated cost of $450,000. The time restraint for this improvement is now within four years.

About Sports Construction Management:

SCM is a licensed general contractor specializing in turn-key synthetic turf athletic field construction. With over 400 synthetic turf field projects completed to date SCM is the Premier Sports Field Builder and provides unsurpassed build knowledge and capability and customer service second to none. To find out more about SCM please call 866-214-5206 or visit us at




CAL Victory on New SCM Synthetic Turf Football Field!


Christian Academy of Louisville vs DeSales before kickoff on Friday night. Christian Academy won 21-14 and will be hosting a state semi-final home playoff game for the first time in program history next week. Congratulations Centurions!!! And loving that new SCM synthetic turf football field at CAL!!!

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The fifth time turned out to be the charm.

Anteneh Thompson’s one yard fourth-down plunge with 2:04 remaining lifted host Christian Academy of Louisville to a 21-14 victory over rival DeSales in the Class 2-A Region Two championship.

In beating the Colts, the Centurions (12-1) vanquished four years of misery as DeSales had ended their seasons in the playoffs in those previous seasons.

“It’s been a long time coming,” coach Stefan LeFors said, whose team now advances to its first-ever state semifinal. The Centurions will host that game next Friday against Mayfield.

Christian Academy dominated statistically, outgaining the Colts by a 302-112 yards margin. But DeSales (10-3) took advantage of some early CAL mistakes to stay in the game. CAL took the lead on its second series, driving 60 yards in 11 plays. A 24-yard run by Wright, a sophomore, on 4th-and-1 at the DeSales 26 served as the key play and set up Austin Carr’s 2-yard touchdown sneak with 5:41 left in the first half.

DeSales went three and out on its next drive, but the Colts defense took the momentum when linebacker Alex Schneider picked off Carr at the CAL 25 and returned it 20 yards. Austin Tharp followed with a 5-yard run to tie the game with 2:48 left in the half. Carr and Wright connected on a 49-yard scoring pass early in the third quarter. DeSales finally found some offensive rhythm late in the third quarter, as the Colts marched 68 yards in 5:13. Aaron Pfaadt found Demetri Scott in the endzone for a 10-yard pass that tied the game with 8:06 remaining.

As Christian Academy prepared to get the ball back, their players said they felt confident they would pull the game out.

“I knew from the very beginning it was going to a close game,” senior tight end Jacob Paulson said. “It was going to be hard fought. We couldn’t let our guard down, and that when things got tough, I knew our team would rally around.”

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Queens University’s Artificial Turf Field Hockey Field


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Queens University’s Artificial Turf Field Hockey Field.

Excitement is high as SCM gets construction underway the new Queens University field hockey field in Charlotte, NC.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Queens University of Charlotte will begin construction this week on a new field hockey facility, a $1.7 million project made possible in part by a major donation from a local Bank of America executive.

Cathy Bessant is head of technology and operations for the Charlotte-based lender. In a statement Thursday, Queens said Bessant and her family coordinated a $500,000 matching gift “in recognition of the important role the sport has had in their lives.”

The facility will be located at the Queens’ Sports Complex on Tyvola Road at Marion Diehl Park. The Bessant Field will be Charlotte’s only water-based turf facility, Queens said.

The Queens Sports Complex is home to the school’s Royals hockey program. It’s also home to the Charlotte Ambush field hockey club, which oversees 18 school programs and 300 youth in recreation league and select programs.

“This wet turf field will allow (kids) to compete with their peers, show their capabilities to play at the next level and the field will attract high-profile events and tournaments to our great city,” Bessant said.

A direct report to CEO Brian Moynihan, Bessant oversees a workforce of roughly 100,000 employees and contractors worldwide, including about 6,000 in Charlotte.

Queens said additional contributions are still needed to complete the complex. Those interested can reach out to James Bullock, Queens’ vice president for advancement, at bullockj@queens.eduor 704-337-2217.

About Sports Construction Management:

SCM is a licensed general contractor specializing in turn-key synthetic turf athletic field construction. With over 400 synthetic turf field projects completed to date SCM is the Premier Sports Field Builder and provides unsurpassed build knowledge and capability and customer service second to none. To find out more about SCM please call 866-214-5206 or visit us at




Koligian Stadium Synthetic Turf Football Field Installation!

Koligian Stadium Synthetic Turf Football Field Installation

Central Unified School District’s AstroTurf’s innovative DT32 Golden Series product at Koligian Stadium in Fresno, CA.

What a beautiful football field and soccer field complex from above!

About Sports Construction Management:

SCM is a licensed general contractor specializing in turn-key synthetic turf athletic field construction. With over 400 synthetic turf field projects completed to date SCM is the Premier Sports Field Builder and provides unsurpassed build knowledge and capability and customer service second to none. To find out more about SCM please call 866-214-5206 or visit us at



AstroTurf Synthetic Turf & Brock Pad @ Mar Vista HS (CA)


The Astroturf Golden Series DT synthetic turf & Brock pad installation by SCM is well underway at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, CA. And what a fantastic synthetic turf system it is!

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Information on AstroTurf’s Golden Series DT synthetic turf products:

AstroTurf Golden Series

The Golden Series is the next step in the evolution of an industry.

It emerged from a confluence of factors, all of which demanded more from synthetic turf. In the wake of the “rubber controversy”, Los Angeles Rec and Parks (LARAP) and its chief outside consultant approached AstroTurf, the leader of high face weight turf, with a plan for a system that:

  • used NO rubber
  • reduced maintenance requirements
  • lowered field temperatures
  • withstood the heavy wear and tear of round-the-clock urban use

AstroTurf quickly evaluated and thoroughly vetted the “LA Spec”. The result is the Golden Series. The Golden Series has become a family of turf systems, including pads and infill, that have three things in common — a sophisticated natural turf approach, dense carpet structure, and no crumb rubber. One particular turf system in the Golden Series family that has gained rapid popularity is DT32. On site field testing demonstrates that these systems rival the shock attenuation and energy restitution of natural grass fields, according to grass research conducted by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Athletic Field Safety.




Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields @ Kent County

SCM’s new AstroTurf synthetic turf athletic fields at the Kent County Sports Complex in Frederica, Delaware are in the news and on the front page!

Kent County’s Dream Sports Complex

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About the new Kent County Sports Complex:

DE Turf Sports Complex

Opening in Spring 2017, Kent County, Delaware will welcome the “DE Turf”, a brand new, 85-acre, state-of-the-art multipurpose sports complex which will feature 12 synthetic turf fields with sports lighting and scoreboards, centered by a major 1,500 seat championship stadium.The fields will surround a world class indoor field house complex complete with restrooms, concession stands, office space, locker rooms and a multipurpose room. The Turf offers amenities to event organizers, traveling teams, athletes and families that are unmatched by any sport complex on the East Coast. Athletes will benefit from an additional training space, specifically used for warm ups, stretching and dry land exercises.  Teams and traveling families can enjoy the ease of travel to and from the complex, which is conveniently located off Rt 1, less than 175 miles or 3 hour commute from major metropolitan cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York City and major airports  Philadelphia International (PHL), and Baltimore-Washington Marshall (BWI). Spectators can enjoy the action from virtually any location at The Turf using the convenient Festival Walk, a beautiful, interconnected walking path designed to provide easy access to any field at the Turf.





Artificial Turf Field Replacement @ Lynchburg College

Watch Lynchburg College’s complete artificial turf field replacement by Sports Construction Management! The new surface at Lynchburg College’s Shellenberger Field is now the outstanding AstroTurf 3D3 52 synthetic turf product and will provide years of consistent play and durability for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.

Lynchburg College’s Artificial Turf Field Replacement Video

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About Shellenberger Field from

At the heart of Lynchburg College’s athletic facilities is the majestic Shellenberger Field. Named in honor of the founding men’s soccer coach, Bill Shellenberger, this beautiful, newly resurfaced in 2016, field is home to Lynchburg men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and field hockey teams. The facility features a large, new artificial turf field, a state-of-the-art eight-lane track, and a spectator capacity of 3,000. Shellenberger Field is a formidable venue for visiting teams, with chair and bleacher seating on one side of the field and residence halls on the other, where student crowds gather to cheer on their Hornets, along with “packing the track” to gain even more of an advantage. Since 2006, the field has been home to 25 ODAC Championships, 28 NCAA Appearences, 2 National Championship Runner-Ups, and 1 National Championship.

The track was named after former athletic director and legendary track and field and cross country coach Dr. Jack M. Toms in 2010. The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams call this home and most recently hosted the 2016 ODAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Between both teams, there have been 5 ODAC Championships since the track was built in 2010.


NASCAR Yesterday Artificial Turf Football Field Construction Today!


NASCAR yesterday, artificial turf football field construction today at Bristol Motor Speedway! SCM is on site and helping to get ready for Tennessee vs Virginia Tech in the Battle of Bristol on Sept. 10th!

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More on the Battle of Bristol from pilot

After decades of planning and details, college football’s biggest-ever game is about to come together over a stretch of just 19 days.

Bristol Motor Speedway will undergo a major facelift, with the track transforming into a football field. A crowd of more than 150,000 people — the most to ever witness a college football game — is expected to fill the grandstand.

On Sept. 10, Virginia Tech and Tennessee will finally face off in the much-anticipated Battle at Bristol.

A game of this magnitude takes an incredible amount of planning and detail. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers involved.

12 hours to dismantle and ship the stage after Bristol’s tailgate party on Friday night before the game.

19 days set aside to transform the track into a playable football field. “Making the transition in just 19 days will be tight, but we’re used to tackling big challenges,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice present and GM of the speedway. “For many years, it’s been our privilege to welcome more than a million guests annually and make them feel at home. In 2016, we built Colossus TV, one of the world’s largest digital displays, in record time. We know what it’s like to stretch and achieve these larger-than-life events, and I think when people see the field in September, it will look and feel very natural. Our first-time guests will never guess that the last time a football game was played here, JFK was president.”

19 law enforcement agencies and contractors hired to keep the crowds safe. Increased measures will include sweeps with canine units, inspections of all vehicles entering the grounds and metal detectors to enhance fan safety.

50 states represented from the ticket holders attending the game.

130 light towers, generators and striping spaces to help provide lighting for the adjacent campgrounds.

240 tour buses to keep the crowd flowing at all times.

300 hours of production to create the one-of-a-kind custom-designed trophy awarded to the winner of the game. The polishing alone took 20 hours.

450 truckloads of rock and manufactured sand for the field base, which will weigh in at more than 10,600 tons.

720 acres mowed, combining the grounds at the speedway and adjacent campgrounds.

1,000 workers on site responsible for parking, guiding and providing shuttle service for the crowd on the day of the game.

5,000 seats added to the infield for a better viewing experience.

102,000 square feet of artificial turf that will be installed. The field will be a 3D3 playing surface, which boasts a shorter, denser turf carpet that provides more fiber and requires less infill.

150,00 fans expected, making it the largest college football crowd of all time.

180,000 pounds of silica and rubber infill within the turf.

455,000 16 oz. beers that have been ordered to serve the fans .


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Why the Artificial Grass Market Is Greener

Hockey teams at the Rio Olympics are squaring off on artificial pitches made by a German firm. And SportGroup’s products don’t stop there – the market for synthetic sport and activity surfaces is booming.

Article courtesy of Von Joachim Hofer, Global Edition Handelsblatt

Long before the first athletes arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics, a Bavarian company finished installing artificial turf for the field hockey competition.

SportGroup, based in Burgheim in Bavaria, actually completed the four field hockey fields last year, when many other Olympic venues were still being constructed.

It’s a source of pride for SportGroup’s chief Frank Dittrich and his staff, who have plenty of experience in outfitting Olympic arenas. Athletes have already competed on plastic grass from Germany at previous Olympic Games in London, Beijing and Sydney.

Despite that, the mid-sized company is almost unknown outside Bavaria. One reason is that SportGroup is a holding company: The actual business is farmed out to two dozen companies under it.

SportGroup markets synthetic sports turf under the brand name Polytan. In addition, the company offers granulates used to cushion modern surfaces, under the name Melos and APT, for other producers.


“Now SportGroup is making another big leap. Earlier this summer it announced the acquisition of U.S. rival AstroTurf.”ENDSTRONG SportGroup’s companies also make and install artificial tracks and playground surfaces.

“Except for us, no one produces everything themselves,” said Mr. Dittrich. Business is excellent. Last year, sales shot up by more than 10 percent to EURO 340 million, or about $375 million. Everyday, somewhere in the world, members of the 1,000-strong workforce complete new artificial turf fields or running tracks for customers.

Now SportGroup is making another big leap. Earlier this summer it announced the acquisition of U.S. rival AstroTurf. The Georgia-based company made its name 50 years ago with the artificial grass at Houston’s Astrodome, Major League Baseball’s first indoor stadium. “They’re synonymous with artificial turf in the United States,” said Mr. Dittrich. The acquisition will add EURO 120 million in sales and take SportGroup revenues for the first time to more than a half-billion euros.

Still, artificial turf remains controversial. Athletes and sports officials often complain about playing on synthetic surfaces rather than on real grass.

At the 2015 Women’s Soccer World Cup in Canada, for instance, German national coach Silvia Neid had nothing but contempt for some of the artificial playing surfaces. Players said fields were hellishly hot and that granules of recycled rubber, which are used to soften the surfaces, often flew up in the air and created clouds of tiny particles during matches.

“It was a nightmare,” groaned U.S. national team member Abby Wambach. She accused soccer officials of sexism because men played on natural grass while women were relegated to artificial surfaces.

The women athletes, however, were mostly complaining about pitches made from recycled automobile tires.

In contrast, there was even the occasional praise for higher-quality artificial turf, such as that supplied by Sport- Group for the stadium in Vancouver, where the final game was played.

And earlier this summer at the European Soccer Championships, natural grass wasn’t necessarily any better. Organizers in Lille, for example, had to quickly lay fresh turf for the knock-out match between Germany and Slovakia. Earlier in the tournament, Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic had complained of many holes in the turf at the stadium in northern France. Officially, according to the organizers, the natural surface was replaced because “extremely difficult weather conditions had caused irreversible damage.”

For Mr. Dittrich, the grass disaster in France was just what he needed to make his case. He is convinced that synthetic surfaces are better for most sports clubs. Matches can be played much more often on artificial fields than on natural grass, and the cost of maintenance is lower. Plus, he said, “players have consistently optimal conditions.

” In the Arctic north, dry southern climes and even in the tropics, artificial turf is often the only option for a permanently playable pitch. Without artificial turf, Mr. Dittrich noted, the Icelandic national team would never have made it to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals in France. Mr. Dittrich, himself an amateur soccer player, isn’t the only one to believe in artificial turf. Last year, financial investor Equistone Partners took over the company from IK Investment Partners. The price is not known.

IK had bought a stake in the company in 2006. Back then, Firl +Schretter Sportstättenbau OHG was created to specialize in the installation of polyurethane surfaces.

A couple of years later, the company went into the production of surfaces for sport and recreation. Since then, the Bavarians have been taking over competitors and building their business worldwide.

SportGroup now has production facilities in the United States, England, Germany, Poland and Australia.

Having a global presence is important since the competition is also active the world over. The competitors Fieldturf and Desso are owned by the surface producer Tarkett. With sales close to EURO 3 billion, the French group is considerably larger, but somewhat smaller than SportGroup in its sports division.

Mr. Dittrich was involved in other international prestige projects before Rio. This summer’s European track and field championships were run on surfaces provided by the Bavarian group.

Artificial turf is still frowned on in the Bundesliga, the German soccer league, but not so much elsewhere. SportGroup turf, for instance, covers Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland. Likewise in Austria at Red Bull Salzburg, the soccer team, or the tennis courts in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Polytan offers nine different types of artificial turf. Poligras Platinum Cool Plus is the name of the carpet Sport- Group laid out on hockey fields in Rio. It is an especially dense and evenly textured surface on which the ball rolls particularly well. At any rate, the ball is rolling well for the German teams in Rio, which are yet to lose a match.

Mr. Dittrich is in Rio to watch the action. Like the players, he wants his firm to “drive consolidation forward. Otherwise, others will.”

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