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April 24, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS: Providence moving to synthetic turf

CLARKSVILLE — Providence High School announced it will install synthetic turf field primarily for use by its football and soccer programs. The synthetic surface — provided by The Motz Group of Cincinnati — will replace the grass surface on Gene Sartini Field at Murphy Stadium and be available for use for the fall 2014 season.

The combination football/soccer field will be laid with The Motz Group’s CrossFlex HP System, which is a combination of wear-resistant slit-film and monofilament synthetic fibers. The new surface will allow for continuous use of the playing field and accommodate multiple sports’ practices and competitions.

Chris Larbes — field consultant for The Motz Group — said the CrossFlex product is “the perfect blend of both types of synthetic fibers that ensures long-lasting durability and optimal performance for both football and soccer.” Turf fields in general require less maintenance and allow for a more consistent performance and ball-to-surface interaction, he added.

The Motz Group also has completed turf replacement projects at Indianapolis Chatard and Ritter in Indianapolis as well as Trinity High School in Louisville.

According to Providence’s press release, the move to a synthetic playing surface not only allows the field to accommodate multiple sports programs but also reduces time on field maintenance. More importantly, the turf field is an important piece in Providence’s master plan, which includes future updates to the campus such as the addition of an athletic fieldhouse with concession stand and locker areas at the entrance to Murphy Stadium, as well as tennis courts and improvements to parking areas elsewhere on campus, said Jack Koetter, chairperson of the Providence Master Plan Committee and CEO of The Koetter Group.

“The installation of this turf field is one of the biggest pieces of the master plan puzzle,” Koetter said. “Without it, the plan bottlenecks and is held up until it does happen. Now the dominoes can begin to fall and we can look forward to dramatic changes in the landscape of the campus.”

Construction of the turf field will begin in June with site work performed by Flynn Construction Services of Louisville. Construction of the synthetic surface is scheduled to be complete around Aug. 1.

Providence is also making improvements to its gymnasiums over the summer. New navy blue, plastic-molded bleachers by Interkal will be installed in the Larkin Center and Koetter Gym. Additionally, the flooring in the Larkin Center gym will be repainted and finished and a new scoreboard will be installed.

Work on the gym projects will begin June 2.

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