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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 ( 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 See all SubAir options or follow @SubAirSystems or 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!

SubAir Systems Is Featured In World Golf

SubAir Systems is featured in World Golf, powered by the Golf Channel, for creating consistent experience for the 2014 Ryder Cup and Gleneagles. Helping to improve the quality of the greens at Gleneagles since it’s installation in 2011, SubAir’s subsurface aeration and moisture-control solutions battle the diverse climate and weather conditions in Scotland.

Scott Fenwick, Gleneagles’ estate manager states:

“The SubAir System is being used as an essential management tool, giving us a backup if we experience bad weather…We can maintain the moisture levels in our greens, quickly drawing moisture levels down even after significant rainfall, enabling play to continue.”

Read the full article in World Golf here to learn more about SubAir’s involvement in this year’s Ryder Cup.


Scout Features SubAir Systems

Scout features SubAir systems in their article summarizing this year’s Ryder Cup expectations. In the article, Scout mentions Gleneagles having “added the American Sub-Air drainage system for the familiar Scottish rains to make the fairways firm and fast and a special draining system for the bunkers first developed at Augusta National Golf Club”.

Gleneagles has installed one SubAir System at each green, which includes wireless sensors that report soil moisture, soil salinity, and soil temperature. The wireless sensors send that data back to the SubAir control panel and it identifies if the soil is within the optimum range for all major soil factors. If the soil is not within the optimum range, the completely automated SubAir System will make adjustments to change the soil temperature and moisture.

To learn more about SubAir’s involvement in this year’s Ryder Cup, read the full Scout article here.