AUSTIN, TX (October 7, 2011 - Business Wire) - For Hellas Construction, a bowl game field, complete with removable end zones and logos, can take only two weeks.
In mid-August, Hellas started construction on a synthetic turf field for The University of Texas at El Paso where the Miners, Sun Bowl and Texas vs. The Nation games are held.
Since the first Miners game was scheduled for September 5th, turnaround had to be—fast. Most fields take about a month to complete, but special circumstances afforded Hellas the time and resources to finish the UTEP field in just two weeks.
In addition to speed, the field design included solutions similar to the three-field conversion turf system Hellas installed in the new Cowboys Stadium earlier this year. The UTEP field utilizes the same SoftTop™ system as the Cowboys Stadium, but has been modified to best suit the school’s needs. Instead of a full conversion system, the field remains stationary while the end zones and logos are removed and replaced for different games.
UTEP Head Football Coach Mike Price says, “It’s the best turf I’ve been on. It was done exactly the way they said it would be done and it was done on time perfectly.”
Perfect performs. On Saturday, the coach and his team beat the #12 ranked University of Houston Cougars in a 58-41 upset on their new home turf.
The Miners, Sun Bowl and Texas vs. The Nation games will continue to be held at the stadium and each organization will benefit from the field’s flexibility.
Soon, the UTEP softball team will also benefit from the new synthetic turf Hellas broke ground on last week.
About Hellas Construction, Inc.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hellas Construction is one of the largest sports and surfacing contractors in the United States. The company specializes in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic turf installation. Current clients include the Alamodome in San Antonio, Northern Arizona University, University of Idaho, Texas Stadium, the new Dallas Cowboys stadium and numerous stadiums across the nation. For more information visit www.hellasconstruction.com.
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