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SubAir Systems and Citi Field Prepare for 2015 World Series

What is really going on below the grass…

Below the expanse of green turf in Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, SubAir Systems (www.subairsystems.com) is a key component of the Field Operations team preparation for Game 3 of the 2015 World Series. For this South Carolina based company, Citi Field is their next premiere showcase of sports fields with the subsurface aeration and moisture control systems.     The SubAir Sports System supports Bill Deacon, Director – Landscaping and Field Operations NY Mets, and his team as they consistently prepared a competitive turf for the New York Mets through 81 home games in the regular season. Now the biggest games of the season begin on Friday, October 30th. “We am very excited to have one of our sports fields showcased in the World Series,” stated Jay Penney, President of SubAir Systems. “SubAir has an international reputation of performance and technology that provides turf managers a key turf management tool. With a SubAir System, field or turf managers are able to sup- port healthy subsurface soil conditions by supplying fresh air to roots and managing moisture and salinity levels to create the highest level of soil conditions for all types of grass growth.” Field Operations rely on SubAir to be a part of the daily field maintenance and game preparation. Bill and his team keep the field in great condition and I am sure they are ready for the Series.”     Installed in November 2008, the Sport System’s custom design for a baseball field aerates or vacuums the entire field from below the surface. Providing fresh air to maintain a healthy subsoil environment or removing excessive moisture, the SubAir System is able to maintain optimum growing conditions for healthy turf. “With our exclusive AirWaveTM Monitoring System, we can support all of our SubAir instal- lations with oversight and troubleshooting. Citi Field operates the system four hours daily – two in the morning and again for two hours in the evening. Citi Field also has supplemental heat to moderate early spring and late fall cooler temperatures. The warmer air in the subsurface extends the grass growth be- yond the typical growing season,” stated Penney.     With potential rain in the forecast for Thursday and Friday in New York, SubAir also supports the grass growing conditions should ground covers be required. SubAir’s pressure and vacuum operations will de- liver fresh air to the subsoil and control moisture removal of any excess water.     SubAir Systems are also installed at TD Ameritrade Park (NCAA World Series), AT&T Park (San Francisco Gi- ants), Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos), Sporting KC Park (Kansas City Wizards), three 2014 World Cup Stadiums –Brazil and at internationally recognized venues around the world.

AT&T Park’s Custom SubAir System Minimizes Potential Game Delays Due to Rain

AT&T Park’s Custom SubAir System Minimizes Potential Game Delays Due to Rain

With a chance of rain over the weekend in San Francisco, MLB World Series fans can rest easy knowing that the custom designed SubAir System installed at AT&T Park will keep the turf dry and safe while keeping the World Series games on schedule. CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a chance of rain over the weekend in San Francisco, MLB World Series fans can rest easy knowing that the custom designed SubAir System (http://subairsystems.com/) installed at AT&T Park will keep the turf dry and safe while keeping the World Series games on schedule. The San Francisco Giant’s AT&T Park uses SubAir’s Sport Elite System, which has been customized for AT&T Park in order to control soil moisture, temperature, and salinity without changing the stadium’s existing infrastructure. By controlling these soil conditions, the System easily and quickly removes excess moisture caused by rain, keeping the field dry and safe for players. Utilizing wireless sensors, the automated SubAir system recognizes when there are changes in the soil and automatically adjusts to maintain optimum growing conditions, keeping the field healthy and dry, fostering stronger roots and turf. The System’s vacuum mode quickly removes standing water, virtually eliminating the need for extended game delays or cancellations due to field conditions. All SubAir Systems are entirely custom built to meet the specific needs of a field or stadium. For AT&T Park, SubAir’s in house engineers designed the System around the existing stadium infrastructure in order to provide the highest quality agronomic performance, while being housed beneath the stadium seating. SubAir’s in house metal fabrication team developed noise-reducing cowling to put over the system’s control center. SubAir’s staff of engineers and agronomists work with preexisting, under construction, or in-concept designs to create a System completely unique to an individual operation’s needs. SubAir Systems have been showcased worldwide, more recently at Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Sao Paula Sport Club Corinthians Paulista 2014 World Cup fields, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, amongst many others. Greg Elliot, the Director of Field Operations at AT&T Park, understands the importance of this technology in high-visibility events such as the World Series, emphasizing “the return on the investment is the opportunity to protect a baseball game from losing the gate and an opportunity to host more events because we can recover quicker and not affect the baseball field.” For more information on the SubAir Systems technologies or business inquiries, contact Kevin Crowe, Senior VP and Agronomist at (803) 641-6663 or Kevin.Crowe@subairsystems.com. See all SubAir options or follow @SubAirSystems or facebook.com/SubAirTurfBreeze. Read more here >>

Artificial Turf & SubAir. The Benefits of a Natural System.

There is often a notable difference between the grass you might find between your toes on the lawn, and that which you’ll find kicked under the cleats of your first round draft pick on any given Sunday. At times the difference is more than a organic. Sometimes it’s chemical.

In a world where the modern technology is on the rise, it can be surprising to see movements like “Go Green” gaining president in todays society, but it turns out people still appreciate something real over something easy. The same can be said for many things, including grass, or its artificial counterpart. Turf.

Artificial turf is usually made of a polyethylene plastic grass on a foundation of rubber made of ground up recycled tires. There can be as many as 10,000 tires under the turf of a single sports field. All that black rubber can get hot. At the university of Missouri, an expert found that on a 98-degree day the surface temperature of the turf reaches as high as 173 degrees. Even the temperature at about the height of an average man was 138 degrees.

The rubber and plastic materials used to create artificial turf give a good bit more grip than natural grass. This is responsible for a term called “turf burn.” This comes from athletes falling on the traction surface and burning themselves from the friction created. Turf can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and requires cleaning and maintenance to prevent growth. pairing these two ideas together can create some serious infections on those burn sites. In fact, a study was performed on the St. Louis Rams that revealed 8 out of 8 of the infected burn sites from players on the team came from turf burn.

SubAir’s system optimizes the effectiveness of natural turf.

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Biggest Fan? SubAir.

The number one name in racing has a new fan. And its BIG. When he is not on the track vying for the NASCAR championship in it’s premier division, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is outdoors relaxing. To keep conditions mild, and just right for recreations, Dale Jr. looks to SubAir Systems and its TurfBreeze technology. TurfBreeze is used to improve surface conditions by circulating stagnant air. The TurfBreeze maintenance free design offers simple installation. Pre-wired fan motors, oscillating motors, and control packages come pre-assembled for easy plug-in installation. Read the full article here!