Endicott, NY - What are the options when your school’s sports field sits on a floodplain? Since there’s no point trying to win a battle with nature, investing in a product designed to handle flooding is the best option.
The synthetic turf football field at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York is vulnerable to the effects of high water from the Susquehanna River. In 2001, the school purchased their first football field tarp to help minimize the damage caused by flooding. A few years later, another athletic field cover was needed after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) required the school to cover the surrounding running track. This year, the newest replacement cover made from Raincover Max™ reduces the weight by about half of the original 14-ounce vinyl tarps. Trading Hytrel zippers for a Velcro closure system makes connecting the panels faster and easier.
While synthetic turf may seem immune to water damage, it’s the sediment left behind by the receding floodwaters that can destroy the turf’s infill materials. Custom vents allow water from below to escape while preventing the football field covers from rising with the water. The material is durable enough to trap the sediment and allow it to be removed from the field when spring arrives.
The newest field cover is made up of fewer panels than its predecessors and can easily be rolled on to the school’s field with the new TarpMate Air™ Rollers — an innovative system that has simplified installation, removal, and storage of turf covers for sports teams and facilities across North America.
Posted December 11, 2018