Marian University Installs Shaw Sports Turf Field

St. Vincent Field at Marian University during the installation process.

Shaw came in at a lower price than the competitors and presented a superior product that was head and shoulders above the rest.

Though the school was founded in 1851, Marian University’ s football program is fairly new with its first season back in 2007. But don’t let the dates fool you. In this short span of time, the Knights have managed to achieve great victories, playing in the NAIA Championship three times and taking the title twice; in 2012 and again in 2015. The Knights are now ranked third in the country in pre-season rankings for the upcoming 2017 football season.

Marian University, located just northwest of downtown Indianapolis, is a school of excellence in many sports, from cycling to cross county, and their athletic facilities illustrate their dedication to their sports programs. St. Vincent Field is the home field of the Knights, used by both Marian University and Cardinal Ritter High School. When the school noticed it was time for a new turf field after the other turf had become worn after 10 years of use, the hunt for a new turf company began.

Narrowing down the options took time and effort. “We definitely did our homework,” said Jeff Castner, Assistant Director of Facilities. “All of the companies had similar turf, but none had the three different types of turf fibers and thatch layer like Shaw Sports Turf.” The school also asked around local colleges and high schools and found Shaw to be the perfect choice for two main reasons: price and quality. “Shaw came in at a lower price than the competitors and presented a superior product that was head and shoulders above the rest. We also thought it was important that Shaw made their own turf,” said Castner.

In the end, Marian chose to go with Shaw Sports Turf Spike Zone Pro with Schmitz EcoSport Pad. The school decided to add the pad for safety reasons to hopefully avoid concussions, and in case it becomes a requirement later down the road.

Spike Zone Pro is the newest innovation from Shaw Sports Turf, featuring a patented manufacturing process which runs three distinct fiber types through one needle as the field is tufted.

Spike Zone Pro…

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