By Sid Nicholls, President, Turf Nation
In a few weeks, the biggest single-day sporting event in America — the Super Bowl — will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston. More than 70,000 people will be in attendance and more than 100 million people worldwide will watch the Super Bowl that, for the third time in the last five years, will be played on synthetic turf manufactured by Turf Nation.
Having worked in the synthetic turf industry for four decades, I have been involved with some of the biggest sporting events in history, but there’s something very special to all of us at Turf Nation about the Super Bowl. Prior to this year, we also manufactured the playing surface for the 2013 and 2014 Super Bowls, and despite this being our third Super Bowl field, our excitement remains really high. I know how hard the Turf Nation team worked to create a surface worthy of such a historic moment in sports, and the feedback on the surface has been extremely gratifying. When the field was installed last August, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was quoted by NBC Sports as saying, “I think that it’s a really nice surface. I know our players really like it.” It was even more gratifying watching the Texans go on to win the AFC South title after going a franchise-best 7-1 at home.
As a turf manufacturer, our top priority is always to provide a team or school with an artificial turf surface that helps players perform their best while giving parents, fans, coaches, administrators and athletes alike peace of mind that those players are competing on a safe surface. While we at Turf Nation take tremendous pride in the Super Bowl recognition we’ve been receiving, as well as the 22 total NFL surfaces we have manufactured, what is even more meaningful to me is that we put this same level of care into every synthetic turf surface we manufacture, be it professional, collegiate, high school or a parks and rec surface.
Turf Nation vice president and 14-year turf industry veteran Stacey Hewitt put it best, “Every surface we manufacture matters equally to us. We understand how much trust is being placed in us to create a high-quality playing surface that is second to none, and that’s what we provide, day in and day out.”
On February 5, I hope everyone enjoys Super Bowl 51 as a new team will be crowned NFL champions and hoist that prestigious Lombardi Trophy. Like many around the world, I will be watching closely with many of the hard-working men and women at Turf Nation that helped play a role in this special moment, and we look forward to helping create more special moments for athletes of all ages in the future as well.
To learn more about how you can play on a field manufactured by Turf Nation, contact me directly at 905-736-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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