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Giants Stadium Articles

NEW ASTROTURF FIELD NOW BEING
INSTALLED AT GIANTS STADIUM

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has installed a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface at Giants Stadium manufactured by Astroturf. This is the fourth artificial surface installed at Giants Stadium since it opened in 1976.

GIANTS STADIUM ASTROTURF FACT SHEET
ASTROTURF SYSTEM 2000

1. Surface: Synthetic Astroturf 12 textured nylon 6-6 fiber
* Astroturf 12 glued to closed-cell shock pad.
* Less abrasive -- Diamond-shaped blades stronger and more dense (more blades per sq. inch). Previous turf had serrated-edge blades.
* Better traction when wet and less "foot lock" when dry.

2. Second Layer: Closed-cell shock pad
* 3/8" shock pad glued to sub base.

3. Sub Base: E-Layer (25mm thick): Recycled rubber and Polyurethane
* Paved in place (similar to blacktopping a driveway) for a seamless installation.
* Does not break down over time.
* Porous characteristics better resist effects of water, freeze-thaw, compression, etc.

OTHER ADVANTAGES:
* Vertical drainage system equal to or better than current field.
* Maximum shock absorbency equal to best natural turf fields.
* Maintenance costs are considerably lower. All yard lines and 6-foot border around field will be knit in place. Numbers will be glued in. Center logo and end zones will beheld in place with Velcro. Multi-colored artificial turf will be used for these areas drastically reducing field painting costs.
* Ability to facilitate multi-purpose use.

PLAYING SURFACES AT GIANTS STADIUM
* Summer 1976: Crowned Astroturf field installed for opening of Giants Stadium.
* Spring 1981: A second playing surface, Astroturf 8, is installed.
* Spring 1988: Improved version of Astroturf 8 and a vertical drainage system featuring a top layer of porous asphalt is installed.
* March 1994: Natural grass with drainage system is laid for World Cup soccer tournament. Field is torn up immediately after seventh game to prepare for Pink Floyd concert.
* July 1995: Sod installed over tarp without a drainage system for two-game Parmalat Soccer Cup.
* March 1996: MetroStars install grass field with complete drainage system. Last game on grass was played July 28. Grass field removed in preparation for professional football season.
* February 14, 1997: Installation of Astroturf 12 begins. Completion of the new field is expected by late March. This is the fourth Astroturf field installed at Giants Stadium.

GIANTS AND JETS TO PLAY PRE-SEASON GAMES ON GRASS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., June 4, 1998 -- For the first time in the 22-year-history of Giants Stadium, professional football will be played on natural grass. In a joint effort, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, New York Giants and New York Jets have agreed to test the viability of two professional football teams playing home games on natural grass at Giants Stadium.

Three pre-season games will be played on natural grass: Giants vs. Cincinnati on Aug. 8, Jets vs. Baltimore on Aug. 15, and Jets vs. Giants on Aug. 20. The grass will then be removed and all remaining events beginning with the Aug. 28 Giants/Baltimore pre-season game will be played on the AstroTurf 12 field.

An innovative tray-system grass field was installed for MetroStars soccer in early April. More than 6,000 plastic trays weighing 1,100 pounds each were put together like an enormous jigsaw puzzle over the artificial turf. The original plan was to remove it after the July 29 MetroStars/Kansas City soccer game and revert to the AstroTurf field.

"We are excited about formally testing a grass field, and the tray system, for football at Giants Stadium," NJSEA Chairman Raymond Bateman stated. "The Authority, as well as the Giants, Jets and MetroStars are committed to working together in identifying the best possible playing surface and this pre-season experiment will bring us a long way towards that end."

The entire football playing field will be made up of the existing tray system. The end zone and sideline areas will be filled in with a sand-based root-zone sublayer topped by sod. The end zones will be painted with a biodegradable paint that can easily be washed off to facilitate changing the end zones from Giants to Jets. An NFL shield will be painted in the center of the field.

"I spoke with Jim Fassel and Mr. (Wellington) Mara and we all agreed that this was something that we ought to try," said New York Jets Head Coach Bill Parcells. "I’m glad that the Meadowlands is letting us do this because it will give us the opportunity to see how it holds up."

In addition to the three preseason games, a MetroStars game, concert, and drum and bugle exhibition will take place on the "football" grass field.

"We’re looking forward to it," said Giants Head Coach Jim Fassel. "We had one practice on it during our minicamp and our players loved it. The quality of the grass field is outstanding."

Giants Stadium is the only stadium in the country that houses two NFL teams. In addition to Jets and Giants football, events include MetroStars soccer, college football including the Kickoff Classic, concerts and drum and bugle competitions. In 1997, 58 events took place on the stadium field.

Grass was first installed at Giants Stadium for 1994 World Cup soccer. The MetroStars have installed a grass field for each of their three seasons but the grass was always removed prior to the start of the NFL season.

Giants Stadium to Test Grass Fields

By Tom Canavan
AP Sports Writer
Thursday, June 4, 1998

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York's two NFL teams are going to get a chance to play on natural grass fields at Giants Stadium, at least during most of the upcoming exhibition season.

The Giants, Jets and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Giants Stadium where the teams play, announced Thursday they have agreed to test the viability of the teams playing home games on natural grass.

The 22-year-old stadium has always had artificial playing surfaces for regular-season and exhibition football games. Players have maintained a grass field would result in fewer injuries, but officials have insisted a grass field would not last for 16 or more games, the minimum number of home games for the Jets and Giants combined.

The durability of the grass will be put to the test with three games in less than two weeks in August.

The Giants' game against Cincinnati on Aug. 8, the Jets' contest with Baltimore on Aug. 15 and the Jets-Giants game on Aug. 20 will be played on grass. The Giants' preseason finale against Baltimore on Aug. 28 will be played on the stadium's AstroTurf 12 field.

The MetroStars of Major League Soccer currently play their home games at Giants Stadium using a tray-system grass field. More than 6,000 trays of grass are put together over the artificial surface to make a natural grass field.

Those trays will be used to make up most of the football field. The end zone and sideline area will be filled with a sand-based sublayer topped by sod.

``We're looking forward to it,'' Giants coach Jim Fassel said. ``We had one practice on it during our minicamp and the players loved it. The quality of the grass field is outstanding.''

Grass was first installed at Giants Stadium for the 1994 World Cup. The MetroStars installed a grass field for each of its three seasons.

This year's grass field was to be removed after the MetroStars game on July 29, when the stadium would have reverted to its artificial surface.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Neil R. Myers
July 25, 1997

Lofts Seed Used at Giants Stadium

Winston-Salem, North Carolina - The turfgrass sod being used in the state-of-the-art transportable natural field at Giants Stadium contained two Lofts Seed varieties. Ram I and 1757, two Kentucky bluegrasses marketed by Lofts Seed, were selected to become the turfgrass sod that is used in the state-of-the-art mobile field modules in Giants Stadium. The MetroStars, a New York/New Jersey major league soccer team, require a natural turf for their games. Thus, the artificial turf already in place at Giants Stadium did not fit the requirements.

The project included placing enough turfgrass sod, which included the Lofts Seed varieties, to cover 6,100 modules, each 48 inches square, to cover the artificial turf. The sod was supplied by Jade Run Sod Farm in Delaware.

"We are excited to be involved with this project. My hope is that the Giants and Jets will give up the artificial turf and decide to play on Lofts turfgrass varieties, too," said Ken Budd, President of Lofts Seed. The Giants and Jets are currently evaluating the performance of the transportable system this year and may consider converting to the natural grass next year.

Based in Winston-Salem, Lofts Seed markets turfgrass seed to professional athletic field managers, golf course superintendents, sod farmers, landscapers, lawn care operators, municipalities and homeowners. The company owns patents on more than 25 seed varieties such as Rebel III turf-type tall fescue, Palmer III perennial ryegrass, Eagleton Kentucky bluegrass and L-93 creeping bentgrass.

Lofts Seed can be found at many famous places such as Fenway Park, Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Golf Course, the White House putting green, Central Park and the Pentagon.

Lofts operates branches in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and Oregon as well as marketing turfgrass seed internationally. The 74-year-old company has more than 100 employees, including two full-time Ph.D.'s for extensive research and plant breeding, to produce new and improved seed varieties. Golfer Arnold Palmer has been a spokesman for the company for 18 years.

For further information on any Lofts Seed products, call toll free 1-888-LOFTS CO or visit Lofts' web site at www.turf.com.

Giants Stadium Expansion will Add Suites, Club Seats

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (October 13, 1995 - Associated Press) -- Giants Stadium will undergo its first major expansion since opening in 1976 with the addition of 32 suites and 794 club seats in a $37.2 million project slated for completion before the 1997 NFL season.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the operators the stadium, and the Giants and Jets NFL teams have formed a partnership for the expansion, which will also include the building of a new press box and the installation of new sound and lighting systems.

"This keeps us in the forefront," said Robert Mulcahy, the sports authority's chief executive officer. "We've always been recognized as one of the best stadiums in football and this is a way for us to maintain our prominent position."

Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for next month.

The cost will be covered by proceeds raised from the pre-sale of the new suites and seats and a bank loan by the sports authority, but which all three partners will guarantee.

"None of the existing seats will be lost as a result of this," said John Mara, the Giants executive vice president and general counsel. "In fact, the seating capacity will increase."

Gov. Christie Whitman has to approve the expansion plans.

"The project overall comes within the governor's guidelines of keeping the facility competitive but not at the expense of the taxpayers," Whitman spokeswoman Jayne Rebovich said.

The project has been under discussion for more than a year but negotiations weren't completed until Thursday before a meeting of the sports authority's board.

The stadium seats 77,716 for football games. The expansion will add more than 1,300 luxury seats.

Twenty-six tower suites, seating 16 people apiece, will be built above the existing upper tier suites, while six super suites will be built on the mezzanine level in the existing press box location between the 20-yard lines.

Some 794 club seats will also be built in the existing press box, while the new press facilities will be built on the upper level of newly constructed suites.

The press box renovation and club seat installation will start after the 1996 football season.

Mara said Giants ticket holders would be given the first shot at the team's share of new luxury seats.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (May 21, 1995 - Associated Press) -- Giants Stadium is getting as many as 100 new luxury boxes under a plan being ironed out between the football teams who play there and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, officials said.

There's no word yet on exactly how many suites will be built or their cost, but officials said some boxes should be completed in time for the 1996 NFL season. Additional boxes probably will be finished in stages, they said. The expansion has been in the works for about a year.

But the plan may exacerbate current tensions between the sports authority and the New Jersey Devils. The NHL team's principal owner, John McMullen, often has said he needs more luxury seats at nearby Brendan Byrne Arena to bring up the team's revenues.

McMullen has expressed dissatisfaction with his lease with the sports authority amid reports that the team is being wooed by officials in Nashville, Tenn., where a new stadium is under construction.

The Byrne Arena currently has 29 luxury boxes. Architectural and engineering problems may hinder efforts to add more, The Record of Hackensack reported Saturday, quoting sources.

Giants Stadium has 69 boxes, which it leases for $109,000 to $118,000 a year. Construction costs and revenues for the new boxes probably will be split by the sports authority, the Giants and the Jets, sports authority spokesman John Samerjan told the newspaper.

NEW ASTROTURF FIELD NOW BEING
INSTALLED AT GIANTS STADIUM

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has installed a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface at Giants Stadium manufactured by Astroturf. This is the fourth artificial surface installed at Giants Stadium since it opened in 1976.

GIANTS STADIUM ASTROTURF FACT SHEET
ASTROTURF SYSTEM 2000

1. Surface: Synthetic Astroturf 12 textured nylon 6-6 fiber
* Astroturf 12 glued to closed-cell shock pad.
* Less abrasive -- Diamond-shaped blades stronger and more dense (more blades per sq. inch). Previous turf had serrated-edge blades.
* Better traction when wet and less "foot lock" when dry.

2. Second Layer: Closed-cell shock pad
* 3/8" shock pad glued to sub base.

3. Sub Base: E-Layer (25mm thick): Recycled rubber and Polyurethane
* Paved in place (similar to blacktopping a driveway) for a seamless installation.
* Does not break down over time.
* Porous characteristics better resist effects of water, freeze-thaw, compression, etc.

OTHER ADVANTAGES:
* Vertical drainage system equal to or better than current field.
* Maximum shock absorbency equal to best natural turf fields.
* Maintenance costs are considerably lower. All yard lines and 6-foot border around field will be knit in place. Numbers will be glued in. Center logo and end zones will beheld in place with Velcro. Multi-colored artificial turf will be used for these areas drastically reducing field painting costs.
* Ability to facilitate multi-purpose use.

PLAYING SURFACES AT GIANTS STADIUM
* Summer 1976: Crowned Astroturf field installed for opening of Giants Stadium.
* Spring 1981: A second playing surface, Astroturf 8, is installed.
* Spring 1988: Improved version of Astroturf 8 and a vertical drainage system featuring a top layer of porous asphalt is installed.
* March 1994: Natural grass with drainage system is laid for World Cup soccer tournament. Field is torn up immediately after seventh game to prepare for Pink Floyd concert.
* July 1995: Sod installed over tarp without a drainage system for two-game Parmalat Soccer Cup.
* March 1996: MetroStars install grass field with complete drainage system. Last game on grass was played July 28. Grass field removed in preparation for professional football season.
* February 14, 1997: Installation of Astroturf 12 begins. Completion of the new field is expected by late March. This is the fourth Astroturf field installed at Giants Stadium.

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