CHICAGO — Chicago Fire FC announced Thursday that the club entered into a multi-year partnership with AstroTurf. AstroTurf, a leader in synthetic turf, becomes the official field-building partner and preferred vendor for all future synthetic turf projects.
“AstroTurf’s innovative products and top-of-the-line resources provide the performance and quality that is needed for our Academy and Juniors to train on the best surface available,” said Paul Cadwell, Fire senior V.P. of community programs, engagement, and facilities. “In Chicago, the CIBC Fire pitch is an important facility for both youth and adult soccer. By improving the field, we are able to enhance the overall experience for players of all ages.”
Ongoing AstroTurf plans for Chicago
AstroTurf has begun installing a new surface at the CIBC Fire pitch that features a cutting-edge LigaTurf system. AstroTurf is home to the most innovative soccer systems in the world.
The LigaTurf series from AstroTurf is the result of their collaboration with worldwide partners in the soccer industry. The LigaTurf RootZone 3D360 blend provides grass-like traction with reduced torque to the lower extremities. It features the RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes the infill. The turf has a 60-ounce face weight, meaning it has very dense stitching.
This system sits on a Brock pad for maximum shock absorbency. All of these factors combine to make a synthetic turf system that is stronger, safer, better, and more resilient.
“We are excited about two iconic names like AstroTurf and Chicago Fire coming together for this partnership,” said Carl Capellas, AstroTurf’s national manager of soccer. “We really wanted to partner with the Fire because we share in the desire of raising the standard of soccer turf in America. Our LigaTurf line consistently provides the highest standard of performance in the industry and is the choice of the elite in the world of soccer including Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and FIFA world headquarters.”
Company enters partnership with other Fire programs
In addition to the new field installation at the CIBC Fire pitch, the partnership incorporates facility signage as a Cornerstone Partner. Additionally, the company will be a supporting partner of the Chicago Fire Juniors and Chicago Fire Youth Invitational.
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