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Super Bowl has ties to Oregon-based turf company
When the Louisiana Superdome decided it was time to replace the field, they invited the leading synthetic turf companies to install test strips so they could evaluate the playing surfaces. 

When the evaluation was over, the players, coaches, and Superdome management group decided to install the Speed S5-M synthetic turf system by UBU Sports and Oregon-based Maumee Bay Turf Center.

“Choosing a turf system is like selecting athletic equipment. You want something that keeps your athletes safe, while allowing them to perform like champions.  That’s why we chose the Speed S5-M turf system by UBU Sports,” said a Superdome press release.

The Speed S5-M system employed at the Superdome features our exclusive Harmony fiber and a finely tuned mixture of rubber and silica sand.

“We tune our fields for the optional g-max ratings that will enhance performance and safety for the players.  Player safety is our number one priority.” explained P.J. Kapfhammer, CFO of Maumee Bay Turf Center. 

Maumee Bay Turf Center is slated to install over 25 fields in the local tri-state area in 2013, but is emerging on the national scene.

"We now have 14 other network partners serving all 50 states now and have a division handling projects overseas," said Kapfhammer’s business partner, Brad Morrison.

The Superdome has one of the largest continuous field installations in the NFL, at more than 111,830 square feet.  The synthetic turf system will host all levels of football games ranging from High School, NCAA season games, NCAA bowl games and professional games throughout the entire 2010-2012 season, one of the busiest game-time playing fields in the world.  “We are honored to be the field of choice for the reigning Superbowl champs” said Brad Morrison, CEO of UBU Sports.  “This season will be our first season in the world’s premier football league and the Superdome is our flagship”.

Special Events held at the Superdome include the Super bowl XLVII, NCAA R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl Games, Tulane University, State Farm Bayou Classic and Louisiana Sate High School Championships. All center-field logos and end-zone logos are hand painted before each game. 

Sunday, the Superdome hosted the NFL’s Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Fransisco 49ers. The Ravens are coached by John Harbaugh and the 49ers by his brother Jim Harbaugh. The Harbaugh brothers were both born in Toledo, giving even more local flavor to Sunday’s event. 

The playing surface inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is 112,720 sq. ft. of the UBU Sports Speed S5-M synthetic turf system.  The surface contains billions of UBU Sports’ exclusive Harmony TM slit-film fibers and infill mixture of 70% rubber / 30% silica sand. The Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings also play on this system.

The surface area of the Speed S5-M turf system is 112,720 square feet.  That is just over 2½ acres.  The total area of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is 52 acres, this is including building, parking garages and grounds.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome field has 1.6 billion blades of synthetic grass, which is 9,109 miles of Harmony fiber. That is enough fiber to stretch up and down the Mississippi River twice and wrap around the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway 190 times.

Two hundred eighty-five tons of infill (170 tons of rubber and 115 tons of sand) was used to build the field.  And the infill weighs more than 2 blue whales. There were 340,480 pounds of recycled rubber tires used for the infill of the new playing surface. This saves just over 30,000 tires from being dumped in a landfill. That’s the same number of tires used on 7,700 cars.

The UBU Sports’ Speed S5-M turf system is the same surface that is installed at Aloha Stadium, the Metrodome and Paul Brown Stadium as well as the practice facilities for UNLV, Cal Berkeley and recently Sandusky High School and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in Chardon, Ohio.

Harding ready to commit
According to minutes from Toledo Public School’s athletic committee’s Jan. 17 meeting, Marion Harding is ready to commit to joining the Toledo City League, but Lima Central Catholic is not.

“We are going to continue to schedule as many games as possible. This will help with our relationship,” the minutes stated. 

Currently, Waite is joined by Rogers, Start, Woodward, Bowsher, and Scott to make up the six-member City League. The addition of Harding and LCC would make eight teams.

Cheerleaders raise over4 $73,000
Together with the cheerleaders from Otsego, the Eastwood squad raised over $7,300 for cancer research during the Lump Over Cancer fundraiser.

“This event has grown every year, and I believe this is their best year ever,” Eastwood Superintendent Brent Welker said. “Well done to all of the ladies who helped make this event a huge success.”

There is still time to make a donation to the American Cancer Society as part of this project. Call Activities Secretary Jody Eaton at 419-833-3611 to send in a donation. The cheerleaders are coached by the mother/daughter tandem of Deanne and Leesa Corken.

Kontak gets 100th win
A photo cutline in last week’s edition of The Press stated that Tom Kontak coaches girls’ basketball at Genoa, when he actually coaches at Oak Harbor. Kontak, who won his 100th career game, used to coach at Genoa. The Press regrets the error.

Sports announcements
Woodmore Soccer League is currently accepting registrations from ages 4 to 14. Sign up prior to February 13 to beat the price increase. Go to to download a form.

Eastwood’s CAP Reverse Raffle will be held on Saturday March 9th. Tickets are on sale for $100 and meal tickets are available as well. Send an email to Superintendent Brent Welker for a ticket.




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